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Table 1 Patients' extent of psychosocial problems and amount of referred patients as assessed with the SIPP

From: The usefulness and feasibility of a screening instrument to identify psychosocial problems in patients receiving curative radiotherapy: a process evaluation

  SIPP before first
consultation
(n = 263)
SIPP before
consultation at the end of treatment
(n = 250)
   SIPP before first consultation SIPP before consultation at
the end of treatment
SIPP before first consultation SIPP before
consultation at the end of treatment
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD) P-value   At least sub-
clinical
symptoms
n (%)b
Referred
n (%)
At least sub-
clinical
symptoms
n (%)b
Referred
n (%)
Clinical
symptoms
n (%)c
Referred
n (%)
Clinical
symptoms
n (%)c
Referred
n (%)
Physical complaints
(score range 0-14)
3.8 (3.1) 4.7 (3.2) 0.00*   93 (34.7) 21 (22.5) 113 (42.2) 7 (6.2) 69 (25.7) 16 (23.2) 92 (34.3) 7 (7.6)
Psychological complaints
(score range 0-20)
5.1 (4.4) 3.9 (4.3) 0.00*   101 (37.7) 29 (28.7) 67 (25.0) 8 (11.9) 41 (15.3) 20 (48.8) 31 (11.6) 6 (19.4)
Social problems
(score range 0-8)
0.6 (1.1) 0.5 (1.0) 0.01*   52 (19.4) 17 (32.7) 23 (8.6) 5 (21.7) 12 (4.5) 8 (66.7) 6 (2.2) 1 (16.7)
Sexual problemsa
(score range 0-6)
0.8 (1.3) 0.7 (1.2) 0.36   10 (3.7) 3 (30.0) 4 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 5 (1.9) 3 (60.0) 2 (0.7) 0 (0.0)
Total score
(score range 0-24)
10.4 (7.3) 9.8 (7.2) 0.18   149 (55.6) 31 (20.8) 126 (47.0) 9 (7.1) 93 (34.7) 28 (30.1) 97 (36.2) 9 (9.3)
  1. SD: Standard deviation
  2. *The level of statistic significance is 0.05 (two-tailed). A Holm-bonferroni correction was applied for multiple comparisons.
  3. a In order to calculate the mean score of sexual problems, the answer category "Not Applicable" was scored as a missing value.
  4. Cut-off scores:
  5. b An indication for at least sub-clinical symptoms (at least moderate) of psychosocial problems is to fulfill to one of more of the cut-off scores as described below:
  6. 1. Cut-off score of ≥ 5 on the physical complaints subscale
  7. 2. Cut-off score of ≥ 6 on the psychological complaints subscale
  8. 3. Cut-off score of ≥ 1 on the item: "Would you like to discuss these problems with someone" on the social/financial problems subscale
  9. 4. Cut-off score of ≥ 1 on the item: "Would you like to discuss these problems with someone" on the sexual problems subscale
  10. cAn indication for clinical symptoms (high) of psychosocial problems is to fulfill to one of more of the cut-off scores as described below:
  11. 1. Cut-off score of ≥ 6 on the physical complaints subscale
  12. 2. Cut-off score of ≥ 10 on the psychological complaints subscale
  13. 3. Cut-off score of 2 on the item: "Would you like to discuss these problems with someone" on the social/financial problems subscale
  14. 4. Cut-off score of 2 on the item: "Would you like to discuss these problems with someone" on the sexual problems subscale