TABLE 4

Symptom duration at presentation to secondary care, time to starting treatment from presentation to secondary care and total time to starting treatment from symptom onset among older (aged ≥65 years) and younger (18–64 years) patients with tuberculosis (TB) and pulmonary TB (PTB)

Younger patients (18–64 years)Older patients (≥65 years)p-value all patientsp-value PTB patients
All TB patientsPTB patientsAll TB patientsPTB patients
Patients52318210953
Symptom duration at presentation to secondary care days45 (22.5–90)60 (30–90)60 (15–135)75 (11–180)0.300.40
Symptom duration
 <2 months257 (39.1)51 (46.8)0.66
 2–4 months156 (39.9)28 (25.7)0.39
 >4 months110 (21.0)30 (27.5)0.16
Time to starting treatment from presentation to secondary care to days3 (1–18)2 (1–6)15 (3–59)7 (2–53)0.0010.001
Total time to starting treatment from symptom onset days61 (31–96)61 (31–103)91 (46–182)92.5 (41.5–189)0.0010.003
Time to treatmentn=506n=164n=102n=49
 <2 months269 (53.2)75 (45.7)34 (33.3)17 (34.7)0.0010.001
 <4 months405 (80.0)128 (78.0)66 (64.7)31 (63.3)
 >4 months101 (20.0)36 (22.0)36 (35.3)18 (36.7)

Data are presented as n, median (interquartile range) or n (%), unless otherwise stated.