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Table 3 Health-related quality of life in older patients (age > =70) compared with younger patients (age < 70), at admission, at discharge and at 3 months after surgery, without a significant time interaction

From: Health related quality of life after oesophagectomy: elderly patients refer similar eating and swallowing difficulties than younger patients

EORTC aspect MD (95 % C.I.) p-value
C30 global quality of life 4.4 (−5.2, 14.1) n.a.
C30 physical function −3.1 (−10.9, 4.8) n.a.
C30 role function 9.3 (−4.3, 23.0) n.a.
C30 emotional function −0.5 (−10.6, 9.6) n.a.
C30 cognitive function −5.9 (−13.5, 1.7) n.a.
C30 social function −2.3 (−14.5, 9.8) n.a.
C30 fatigue 3.2 (−6.7, 13.1) n.a.
C30 dyspnoea −3.6 (−13.5, 6.3) n.a.
OES18 dysphagia −2.8 (−14.2, 8.6) n.a.
  1. Mean score difference (MDs) were assessed with linear mixed-effect models and adjusted for time
  2. Charlson Comorbidity Index, neoadjuvant therapy, tumour stage, gender, histology, tumour site and complications. All these values did not show a significant time interaction term, i.e. the difference persisted over time. Any MD ≥ 10 was considered clinically significant and tested for statistical significance (n.a., not applicable, if MD < 10)