Table 2

Baseline characteristics of patients on ART at ART initiation in health facilities, Thyolo-Malawi
Hospital Health centres Total
Total patients on ART 8902 (74%) 3102 (26%) 12004
Gender
 Male 3354 (38%) 962 (31%) 4316 (36%)
 Female 5548 (62%) 2140 (69%) 7688 (64%)
Median age IQR 34 (29–41) 35 (29–42) 35 (29–41)
WHO stage / CD4
 WHO Stage 1–2 & CD4>200/mm3 193 (2%) 18 (0.6%) 211 (2%)
 WHO stage 1–2 & CD4≤200/mm3 645 (7%) 31 (1%) 676 (6%)
 WHO stage 1–2 & CD4 unknown 192 (2%) 139 (4%) 331 (3%)
 Stage 3 5581 (63%) 2522 (81%) 8103 (68%)
 Stage 4 2291 (26%) 392 (13%) 2683 (22%)
Start year of ART
 2003 391 (100%) NA 391
 2004 1058 (100%) NA 1058
 2005 1439 (100%) NA 1439
 2006 2281 (83%) 451 (17%) 2732
 2007 2225 (62%) 1347 (38%) 3572
 2008 1508 (54%) 1304 (46%) 2812

Irrespective of CD4 count.

* CD4 counts were not reported separately as 68% of patients followed up in the health centres did not have CD4 counts. These are no longer done on WHO stage 3 and 4 patients, according to the Malawian guidelines.

Rasschaert et al.

Rasschaert et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:444   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-444

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