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Table 3 Comparison of knowledge scores between National TB Control Program (NTP) trained and untrained physicians in urban Pakistan

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

Knowledge NTP Training No NTP Training p-value
  n = 61 (%) n = 135 (%)  
Diagnosis of CAT 1 patients
Good 22 (36.0) 18 (13.0) <0.001*
Fair 29 (47.5) 69 (51.0)
Poor 10 (16.5) 48 (36.0)
Management of CAT 1 patients
Good 33 (54.0) 47 (35.0) 0.007*
Fair 21 (34.5) 49 (36.0)
Poor 7 (11.5) 39 (29.0)
Counseling of patients
Good 36 (59.0) 78 (58.0) 0.512
Poor 25 (41.0) 57 (42.0)
Contact screening
Good 30 (49.0) 65 (48.0) 0.506
Poor 31 (51.0) 70 (52.0)
Diagnosis of CAT-2 patients
Good 17 (28.0) 11 (8.0) <0.001*
Fair 18 (29.5) 47 (35.0)
Poor 26 (42.5) 77 (57.0)
Management of CAT-2 patients
Good 29 (47.5) 29 (21.5) 0.001*
Fair 17 (28.0) 46 (34.0)
Poor 15 (24.5) 60 (44.5)  
  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).