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Table 4 Clinicians' highest three frequencies of rankings for each symptom (percentage of clinicians giving the ranking in brackets1) and mean rank (SD).

From: The development of the Canberra symptom scorecard: a tool to monitor the physical symptoms of patients with advanced tumours

Order Symptom 1st Ranking (%) 2nd Ranking (%) 3rd Ranking (%) Mean Rank (SD)
1 Lack of energy 1 (54) 2 (25) 3 (9) 2.16 (2.37)
2 Tired 1 (39) 2 (32) 3 (10) 2.56 (2.52)
3 Lack of appetite 3 (34) 2 (19) 1 (10) 3.74 (2.40)
4 Pain 3 (17) 1 (17) 4 (15) 4.22 (3.00)
5 Nausea 5 (17) 6 (14) 8 (11) 6.77 (3.39)
6 Constipation 4 (16) 6 (11) 5 (11) 7.02 (3.89)
7 Anxiety 5 (13) 4 (13) 6 (10) 7.34 (3.60)
8 Depressed 5 (14) 7 (12) 4 (9) 7.69 (3.75)
9 Difficulty sleeping 5 (12) 7 (11) 10 (10) 8.37 (3.79)
10 Shortness of breath 9 (11) 7 (10) 11 (9) 9.74 (4.16)
11 Dry mouth 5 (8) 12 (8) 6 (7) 10.17 (5.04)
12 Vomiting 8 (10) 10 (10) 13 (9) 10.20 (4.07)
13 Tense 6 (9) 13 (9) 9 (8) 10.34 (4.48)
14 Nervous 10 (9) 16 (9) 15 (8) 11.27 (4.69)
15 Lack of sexual interest 13 (10) 8 (8) 10 (8) 11.68 (5.02)
16 Irritability 14 (10) 10 (9) 11 (9) 11.76 (4.33)
17 Heartburn 17 (11) 12 (9) 15 (8) 13.12 (4.52)
18 Dizziness 18 (13) 17 (12) 15 (12) 13.96 (4.10)
19 Sore muscles 20 (21) 19 (12) 18 (11) 15.14 (4.65)
20 Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet 20 (28) 19 (18) 18 (14) 16.67 (4.01)
  1. 1. For example, looking at the distribution of rankings for lack of energy 54% of physicians ranked it as 1, 25% as 2 and 9% as 3.