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Table 3 Patterns of care-seeking pathways and health system delay (HSD) for patients with tuberculosis (TB) in Taiwan according to specialty type and medical care level of provider (n = 2597)

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

Specialty type: TB-relateda(T) versus non-TB-related (NT) Medical care level: primary care clinic (C); district hospital (D); regional hospital (R); medical center (M)
Pattern n (%) Median HSDe (IQR) Pattern n (%) Median HSDe (IQR)
1.Persistentb 1.Persistentb
 NT to NT 511 (19.7) 39.0 (13.5–78.0)  C to C 82 (3.1) 23.5 (7.5–61.0)
 T to T 215 (8.2) 14.0 (7.0–37.0)  D to D 119 (4.5) 18.0 (7.0–45.0)
     R to R 269 (10.4) 19.0 (7.0–44.0)
     M to M 220 (8.5) 19.5 (7.0–42.0)
2.Progressivec 1223 (47.2) 39.0 (13.0–77.0) 2.Progressivec 1001 (38.7) 36.0 (13.0–69.0)
3.Mixedd 648 (24.9) 63.0 (31.0–128.3) 3.Mixedd 906 (34.8) 76.0 (38.0–137.8)
  1. aChest, Chest Surgery, TB, Infectious Disease, and Pulmonary and Critical Care
  2. bPatients continuously visited the same specialty type or level of provider during the TB episode
  3. cPatients switched from non-TB-related provider to TB-related provider or from primary care provider to higher level of medical care during the care-seeking process
  4. dNeither “persistent” nor “progressive”
  5. eP value <0.001 (Kruskal-Wallis test)