Table 2

Delays for consultation at care providers by patients and escorts prior to tuberculosis diagnosis in Tigray Region, Ethiopia.

Sources of delays

N (%)

Mean (Median)


Days elapsed for consultation at care providers:

Patients only consulted public health facilities:

497 (54)

3.3 (3)

Consulted alternative providers and public health facilities

427 (46)

14 (9)

Total consultation days at various care providers

924 (100)

8 (4)


Patients' history of diagnosis of TB at the firs visited diagnostic centres:

Patients were diagnosed at the first visited diagnostic centre

816 (88)

8 (4)

Patients were not screened for TB at the first visited diagnostic centres.

108 (12)

12 (7)


The average number of days of hospital admission

924 (100)

3 (0)


The average number of hours travelled by patients to care providers

924 (100)

11 (2)


The average number of escorts per patient

924 (100)

1 (1)


The average number days escorts stayed with patients

924 (100)

6 (1)


The average number of hours travelled by escorts with patients.

924 (100)

17 (0)


Mesfin et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:173   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-173

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