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Table 1 Characteristics of household contacts (N = 259)

From: Household contact non-attendance of clinical evaluation for tuberculosis: a pilot study in a high burden district in South Africa

Variable n %
Gender
 Female 154 59.5
Age in years
  < 5 36 13.9
 5–15 73 28.2
 16–24 33 12.7
 25–34 34 13.1
 35–44 25 9.7
 45–54 19 7.3
 55–64 18 6.9
  ≥ 65 21 8.1
Relationship with index case
 Spouse 21 8.1
 Child 66 25.5
 Other (e.g. sibling, aunt, uncle) 172 66.4
Had a history of TB 33 12.7
Presence of TB symptoms
 Cough 27 10.4
 Haemoptysis 2 7.7
 Unintentional weight loss 23 8.9
 Fever 43 16.6
 Night sweats 40 15.4
Had swollen lymph nodes 11 4.3
Tested for HIV 228 88.0
Slept in same bedroom as index case 94 36.3
Time spent with index case per day
 ≤12 hours 64 24.7
  >12 hours 195 75.3
Referred for clinical evaluation 102 39.4
Did not attend clinical evaluationa 54 52.9
  1. aOut of those who were referred for clinical evaluation (n = 102)