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Table 3 Differences in symptom OCCURRENCE rates between younger (< 60, n = 263) and older (≥ 60, n = 330) patients

From: Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study

Symptom Occurrence rates (%) by age group Unadjusted values Adjusted values
Older age Older age
<60 ≥60 Odds ratio CI Odds ratio CI
Difficulty concentrating 57.0 37.0 .44+ .32-.62 .58** .40-.85
Pain 73.0 57.0 .49+ .35-.69 .51** .34-.75
Lack of energy 81.7 69.1 .50+ .34-.74 .69 .44-1.08
Cough 40.3 35.5 .81 .58-1.14 .89 .60-1.32
Feeling nervous 39.5 26.7 .56** .39-.79 .61* .41-.91
Dry mouth 43.7 42.1 .94 .68-1.30 1.10 .75-1.62
Nausea 38.0 25.8 .57** .40-.80 .52** .34-.79
Feeling drowsy 65.0 53.6 .62** .45-.87 .68* .47-.99
Numbness/tingling in hands/feet 36.1 28.5 .70* .50-.99 .76 .51-1.14
Difficulty sleeping 63.9 44.8 .46+ .33-.64 .55** .38-.80
Feeling bloated 31.9 19.1 .50+ .35-.73 .51** .33-.78
Problems with urination 21.3 36.1 2.09+ 1.44-3.02 1.18 .76-1.83
Vomiting 17.5 10.9 .58* .36-.92 .41** .23-.72
Shortness of breath 37.6 32.1 .78 .56-1.10 .73 .48-1.11
Diarrhea 21.7 21.8 1.01 .68-1.49 .86 .54-1.35
Feeling sad 52.1 31.2 .42+ .30-.58 .46+ .31-.67
Sweats 45.2 31.2 .55+ .39-.77 .60** .41-.88
Worrying 57.8 32.1 .35+ .25-.48 .39+ .27-.56
Problems with sexual interest 35.7 22.4 .52+ .36-.75 .34+ .22-54
Itching 34.2 23.0 .58** .40-.83 .72 .47-1.08
Lack of appetite 38.0 30.6 .72 .51-1.01 .68 .45-1.02
Dizziness 27.0 21.2 .73 .50-1.06 .71 .46-1.10
Difficulty swallowing 16.3 15.2 .91 .59-1.43 .92 .55-1.56
Feeling irritable 51.7 32.1 .44+ .32-.62 .47+ .32-.69
Mouth sores 14.8 12.7 .84 .52-1.34 .91 .54-1.54
Changes in the way food tastes 31.2 30.0 .95 .67-1.34 1.09 .71-1.68
Weight loss 23.2 23.0 .99 .68-1.46 1.10 .69-1.73
Hair loss 23.6 18.5 .74 .49-1.09 .90 .55-1.49
Constipation 33.8 30.9 .87 .62-1.24 .82 .55-1.22
Swelling of arms or legs 16.3 16.4 1.00 .65-1.55 1.10 .66-1.82
I don’t look like myself 35.4 20.9 .48+ .34-.70 .64* .42-.98
Changes in skin 38.0 20.3 .42+ .29-.60 .62* .41-.94
  1. Abbreviation: CI, confidence interval.
  2. *p < .05, **p < .01, +p < .001.