Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 4 Differences in health-related quality between older patients (age > =70) and younger patients (age < 70), at admission, at discharge and at 3 months after surgery, with significant time interaction

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

OES18 aspects Admission Discharge 3 months after surgery
  MD (95 % C.I.) p-value MD (95 % C.I.) p-value MD (95 % C.I.) p-value
Trouble swallowing saliva 17.4 (3.6, 31.2) 0.01 −7.5 (−20.7, 5.7) n.a. 0,2 (−18.9, 19.3) n.a.
Choking when swallowing 13.8 (5.8, 21.8) 0.0008 −0.5 (−7.9, 6.9) n.a. −2.5 (−13.6, 8.6) n.a.
Eating 20.1 (7.4, 32.8) 0.002 2.4 (−9.5, 14.3) n.a. 0.5 (−17.2, 18.2) 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. Any MD ≥ 10 was considered clinically significant and tested for statistical significance (n.a., not applicable, if MD < 10)