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Table 5 Percentage of patients that experienced each symptom and the favoured severity scale for each symptom, based on variance explained1 (N = 44).

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

Ranking Symptoms % With symptom Favoured severity scale % Variance explained
1 Lack of energy 64 Distress 92
1 Pain 64 Distress 95
3 Tiredness 59 Distress 91
4 Difficulty sleeping 46 Distress 93
5 Dry mouth 45 Functioning 95
6 Tense 43 Distress 94
7 Depression 39 Distress 98
7 Nausea 39 Distress 94
7 Problems remembering things 39 Distress 87
10 Shortness of breath 36 Functioning 76
10 Heartburn/belching 36 Functioning 95
12 Lack of appetite 32 Distress 97
12 Constipation 32 Distress 94
14 Dizziness 30 Distress 99
15 Weak or sore muscles 27 Functioning 99
16 Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet 25 Distress 81
17 Coughing 23 Distress 95
18 Vomiting 16 Distress 96
  1. 1. Variance explained refers to the adjusted R2 obtained from OLS regressions where the dependent variable was the sum of scores from the two severity scales (distress & function) for a symptom, and the explanatory variables were the severity scales.