Table 1

Frequencies and bivariate logistic regression of demographic and socioeconomic variables of tuberculosis patients (N = 300) and controls (N = 300)
Variable Controls N (%) Cases N (%) Bivariate logistic regression
OR (95% CI)
Marital status
 With partner 205 (68.3) 174 (58) 1
 Single 95 (31.7) 126 (42) 1.79 (1.21-2.65)
Country of birth of parents
 Croatia 261 (87) 209 (69.7) 1
 Bosnia and herzegovina 31 (10.3) 73 (24.3) 2.86 (1.79-4.59)
 Other 8 (2.7) 18 (6.0) 2.82 (1.15-6.93)
Nationality
 Croatian 283 (94.3) 271 (90.3) 1
 Other 17 (5.7) 29 (9.7) 2.33 (1.07-5.09)
Level of education
 Higher education 55 (18.3) 29 (9.7) 1
 Secondary school 165 (55.0) 126 (42.0) 1.53 (0.88-2.67)
 No schooling or only elementary school 80 (26.7) 145 (48.3) 5.55 (2.89-10.65)
Housing *
 Ownership 282 (90.4) 257 (86.5) 1
 Homeless/ institution/ subtenant 18 (6.0) 40 (13.5) 2.69 (1.42-5.09)
Crowding*†
 Yes 139 (46.6) 94 (34.2) 1
 No 159 (53.4) 181 (65.8) 1.72 (1.21-2.44)
Household equipment*
 Good 190 (63.3) 100 (33.4) 1
 Moderate 103 (34.3) 155 (51.8) 4.16 (2.64-6.57)
 Poor 7 (2.3) 44 (14.7) 18.82 (7.33-48.33)
Central water supply
 Yes 265 (88.3) 245 (81.7) 1
 No 35 (11.7) 55 (18.3) 1.83 (1.11-3.01)
Central sewage system
 Yes 198 (66.0) 185 (61.7) 1
 No 102 (34.0) 115 (38.3) 1.24 (0.87-1.76)
Employment
 Employed 136 (45.3) 104 (34.7) 1
 Unemployed 22 (7.3) 70 (23.3) 3.82 (2.17-6.70)
 Housewife/ retired/ student/ other 142 (47.3) 126 (42.0) 1.11 (0.66-1.86)
Total personal monthly income‡
 > Average salary 55 (18.5) 37 (12.6) 1
 Minimal –average salary 137 (46.0) 104 (35.4) 1.05 (0.65-1.70)
 ≤ Minimal salary 106 (35.6) 153 (52.0) 2.07 (1.26-3.40)
Food shortage
 No 288 (96.0) 274 (91.3) 1
 Yes 12 (4.0) 26 (8.7) 2.17 (1.09-4.29)

* Missing values.

† Defined as less than one inhabitable room per person.

‡ According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

OR = Odds ratio, CI = Confidence interval.

Jurcev-Savicevic et al.

Jurcev-Savicevic et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:991   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-991

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