Table 1

Baseline Characteristics of children with TB randomized in the trial (n = 255)

Variable

Placebo (n = 127)

Multivitamins (n = 128)


Age, in years, Median (IQR)a

1.50 (0.83, 2.42)

1.54 (0.79, 2.92)

Shillingsb spent on food per household per day, Median (IQR)a

2500.00

(2000.00, 3000.00)

2000.00

(2000.00, 3000.00)

Age categories, n (%)

≤ 6 months

9 (7.09%)

13 (10.16%)

6 months to ≤ 3 years

93 (73.23%)

85 (66.40%)

> 3 years

25 (19.68%)

30 (23.44%)

Females, n (%)

60 (47.24%)

56 (43.75%)

HIV-infected, n (%)

37 (29.13%)

50 (39.06%)

≤ 6 months

4 (44.44%)

4 (30.77%)

6 months to ≤ 3 years

23 (24.73%)

29 (34.12%)

> 3 years

10 (40.00%)

17 (56.67%)

Marital Status of Mother, n (%)

Single

15 (11.81%)

15 (11.72%)

Married

81 (63.78%)

70 (54.69%)

Divorced

2 (1.58%)

3 (2.34%)

Cohabiting

20 (15.75%)

32 (25.00%)

Separated

6 (4.72%)

7 (5.47%)

Widowed

3 (2.36%)

1 (0.78%)

Mother Literate, n (%)

114 (89.76%)

117 (91.41%)

Mother's Occupation, n (%)

Housewife

75 (59.05%)

71 (55.47%)

Small business/Farm/Informal Income

41 (32.28%)

42 (32.81%)

Business woman

3 (2.36%)

6 (4.69%)

Public House/Restaurant

1 (0.79%)

1 (0.78%)

Professional (Nurse/Teacher)

2 (1.58%)

2 (1.56%)

Skilled Office Work

0 (0.00%)

2 (1.56%)

Unskilled Employment

3 (2.36%)

4 (3.13%)

Other

2 (1.58%)

0 (0.00%)

Meat or fish consumption, n (%)

Never/Less than once per month

2 (1.61%)

4 (3.15%)

Sometimes/1-3 times per month

13 (10.48%)

11 (8.66%)

About once per week

33 (26.61%)

31 (24.41%)

2-4 times per week

69 (55.65%)

77 (60.63%)

Everyday/5-7 times per week

7 (5.65%)

4 (3.15%)

Admitted to the Hospital, n (%)

21 (16.54%)

21 (16.41%)


a IQR: Inter-Quartile Range

b 1000 Tanzanian Shillings ≈ 1 US Dollar at the time of the trial

Mehta et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:120   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-120

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