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Table 2 Comparison of knowledge scores between public and private physicians in urban Pakistan

From: How well can physicians manage Tuberculosis? A Public-Private sector comparison from Karachi, Pakistan

Knowledge Public Private p-value
  n = 100 (%) n = 96 (%)  
Diagnosis of CAT 1 patients
Good 20 (20.0) 19 (20.0) 0.559
Fair 47 (47.0) 52 (54.0)
Poor 33 (33.0) 25 (26.0)
Management of CAT 1 patients
Good 35 (35.0) 46 (48.0) 0.160
Fair 41 (41.0) 28 (29.0)
Poor 24 (24.0) 22 (23.0)
Counseling of patients
Good 59 (59.0) 56 (58.0) 0.495
Poor 41 (41.0) 40 (42.0)
Contact screening
Good 54 (54.0) 41 (43.0) 0.044*
Poor 46 (46.0) 55 (57.0)
Diagnosis of CAT-2 patients
Good 18 (18.0) 10 (10.5) 0.298
Fair 30 (30.0) 35 (36.5)
Poor 52 (52.0) 51 (53.0)
Management of CAT-2 patients
Good 38 (38.0) 20 (21.0) 0.028*
Fair 30 (30.0) 33 (34.0)
Poor 32 (32.0) 43 (45.0)  
  1. *p-value <0.05 was considered as significant.
  2. Knowledge scores regarding diagnosis and management of TB patient: Good (≥75%), Fair (50.1-74.99%) and Poor (≤50).
  3. Knowledge scores regarding counseling and contact screening of TB patient: Good (≥50%) and Poor (<50%).
  4. CAT 1: Includes new cases of smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis or smear negative pulmonary tuberculosis with extensive parenchymal involvement or seriously ill extra pulmonary tuberculosis.
  5. CAT 2: Includes previous treatment for more than four weeks in the past, and is found sputum smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis. This category includes: relapse, failure, treatment after default, and others (with smear positive).