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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with tuberculosis (TB) and distribution of health system delay (HSD) (n = 3117)

From: Health system delay among patients with tuberculosis in Taiwan: 2003–2010

Variable n (%) Median HSD (IQR)a P valuec
Age      <0.001
  < 30 466 (15.0) 20.5 (2.0–61.0)  
  ≥ 30 and <45 554 (17.8) 26.0 (4.0–65.0)  
  ≥ 45 and <65 957 (30.7) 28.0 (5.0–72.0)  
  ≥ 65 1140 (36.5) 36.0 (7.0–85.0)  
Sex      <0.001
 Female 952 (30.5) 35.5 (7.0–76.0)  
 Male 2165 (69.5) 26.0 (4.0–70.0)  
Salary      0.010
  < $17880 NTDd per month 1811 (58.1) 27.0 (4.0–70.0)  
  ≥ $17880 NTD per month 1306 (41.9) 32.0 (7.0–75.0)  
Patient typeb      <0.001
 Inpatient 427 (13.7) 0 (0–24.0)  
 Outpatient 2690 (86.3) 35.0 (8.0–78.0)  
Specialty typeb      <0.001
 Non-TB-related 2443 (78.3) 40.0 (11.0–85.0)  
 TB-relatede 674 (21.6) 1.0 (0–24.0)  
Medical care levelb      <0.001
 Medical center 482 (15.4) 14.0 (0–47.0)  
 Regional hospital 706 (22.6) 10.0 (0–45.0)  
 District hospital 488 (15.7) 16.0 (1.0–52.0)  
 Clinic 1441 (46.2) 52.0 (18.0–100.0)  
Regionb      0.050
 Central 532 (17.1) 30.0 (6.0–77.0)  
 Eastern 150 (4.8) 14.0 (1.0–53.0)  
 KaoPing 631 (20.2) 29.0 (5.0–75.0)  
 Northern 379 (12.1) 32.0 (5.0–72.0)  
 Southern 501 (16.1) 29.0 (5.0–73.0)  
 Taipei 924 (29.6) 30.0 (7.0–70.5)  
  1. aInterquartile range
  2. bInitial visit
  3. cKruskal-Wallis test
  4. d17 880 NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) is the monthly minimum wage in Taiwan
  5. eChest, Chest Surgery, TB, Infectious Disease, and Pulmonary and Critical Care