Table 1

Characteristics of inmates screened for tuberculosis in a highly endemic prison
First systematic screening Screening at entry (first year) Screening at entry (second year) p
Number 1374 754 954
Mean age (range) 26.7 (18–63) 26.1 (18–60) 26.3 (18–69) .06
School years (mean ± sd) 5.3 ± 2.7 5.4 ± 2.7 5.4 ± 2.7 .25
Illiteracy 118/1369 (8.6%) 53/745 (7.1%) 96/952 (10.1%) .10
Living in favela* 842/1362 (61.8%) 462/754 (61.3%) 552/954 (57.9%) .19
History of incarceration 533/1372 (38.8%) 300/754 (39.8%) 393/954 (41.2%) .57
Total time in jail in months (mean ± sd) 40.4 ± 33.9 32.1 ± 38.8 31.0 ± 34.8 <.0001
History of TB treatment 152/1327 (11.4%) 74/728 (10.2%) 99/954 (10.4%) .25

*Settlement with high density of population and partial urbanization.

Sanchez et al.

Sanchez et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:983   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-983

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