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Table 3 Comparison of the rate of psychiatric care among patients with preexisting mental disorders (n = 2,312), by different waiting time groups

From: Waiting time for cancer treatment and mental health among patients with newly diagnosed esophageal or gastric cancer: a nationwide cohort study

Waiting time group Hazard Ratios (HRs) and 95% Confidence Intervals (CIs)a
All psychiatric cares Hopsital visits Medication prescriptions
≤1 year >1 year ≤1 year >1 year ≤1 year >1 year
1–8 days 0.90 (0.74–1.10) 0.68 (0.44–1.07) 0.80 (0.49–1.31) 0.36 (0.14–0.91) 0.90 (0.74–1.10) 0.72 (0.46–1.13)
9–17 days 1.00 (reference) 1.00 (reference) 1.00 (reference) 1.00 (reference) 1.00 (reference) 1.00 (reference)
18–29 days 1.04 (0.86–1.26) 0.84 (0.51–1.24) 1.49 (0.98–2.25) 0.80 (0.38–1.72) 1.01 (0.83–1.23) 0.79 (0.51–1.22)
30–60 days 1.09 (0.91–1.32) 0.70 (0.47–1.02) 2.01 (1.24–3.24) 0.51 (0.24–1.07) 1.03 (0.85–1.24) 0.71 (0.48–1.04)
  1. aEstimated by extended Cox model, adjusting for age, sex, marital status (single, married, divorce, widow/widower), education level (<9 years, 9–12 years, >12 years), physical status (The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification <2, 2 and above), cancer type (esophageal/gastric cancer), stage (0, I, II, III, IV stage), and planned treatment type (curative, palliative, or supportive treatment), multidisciplinary meeting (yes/no), admission pathway (general physician referral / emergency intake), hospital volume (low, median, high)