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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of tuberculosis suspected diabetic patients at the Dessie referral hospital, from February to April 2012

From: Smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis among diabetic patients at the Dessie referral hospital, Northeast Ethiopia

Characteristics PTB infection Frequency (N = 225)
Negative n (%) Positive n (%) n (%)
Sex    
 Male 105 (90.5) 11 (9.5) 116 (51.5)
 Female 106 (97.2) 3 (2.8) 109 (48.5)
Age (years)    
 ≤20 18 (97.7) 1 (2.3) 19 (8.4)
 21–30 19 (95.0) 1 (5.0) 20 (8.9)
 31–40 36 (92.3) 3 (7.7) 39 (17.3)
 41–50 55 (91.7) 5 (8.3) 60 (26.7)
 >50 83 (95.4) 4 (4.6) 87 (38.7)
Religion    
 Christian 106 (97.2) 3 (2.8) 109 (48.4)
 Muslim 105 (90.5) 11 (9.5) 116 (51.6)
Education level    
 Illiterate 74 (94.8) 4 (5.2) 78 (34.7)
 Elementary school 60 (95.2) 3 (4.8) 63 (28)
 Secondary school 32 (89) 4 (11) 36 (16)
 Higher education 45 (93.7) 3 (6.3) 48 (21.3)
Marital status    
 Single 41 (97.6) 1 (2.4) 42 (18.7)
 Married 135 (93.7) 9 (6.3) 144 (64)
 Divorced 17 (89.4) 2 (10.6) 19 (8.4)
 Widowed 18 (90) 2 (10) 20 (88.9)
Place of residence    
 Urban 128 (92) 11 (8) 139 (61.8)
 Rural 83 (96.5) 3 (3.5) 86 (38.2)
Occupation    
 Employed * 71 (92.2) 6 (7.8) 77 (34.2)
 Farmer 59 (96.7) 2 (3.3) 61 (27.1)
 Merchant 59 (96.7) 2 (3.3) 61 (27.1)
 Laborer 22 (84.6) 4 (15.4) 26 (11.6)
Average monthly income (US dollars)    
 <23 64 (95.5) 3 (4.5) 67 (29.8)
 23–38 46 (95.8) 2 (4.2) 48 (21.3)
 39–67 52 (92.9) 4 (7.1) 56 (22.7)
 >68 49 (90.7) 5 (9.3) 54 (24.3)
  1. * = employed by the government or privately.