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Table 3 QOL scores for functioning and general symptoms dimensions of oesophageal carcinoma, before and after the initial treatment

From: Changes in quality of life following initial treatment of oesophageal carcinoma: a cohort study from Sri Lanka

Scale Baseline score Follow up score Mean differenced (N = 41) SD 95% CI Significancee
Mean (N = 51) SD Mean (N = 41)c SD
Global health status/QOL 49.8 22.0 43.9 30.4 −8.33 30.0 −18.0, 1.1 t = 1.8; df = 40 p = 0.08
Physical functioning 53.07 28.8 34.31 24.5 −20.81 29.2 −30.03, −11.59 t = 4.56; df = 40 p < 0.001
Role functioning 42.16 34.5 21.54 26.2 −22.76 37.8 −34.69, −10.84 t = 3.86; df = 40; p < 0.001
Emotional functioning 53.43 26.4 42.07 31.2 −14.03 32.8 −24.38, −3.69 t = − 2.74; df = 40 p = 0.009
Cognitive functioning 75.49 23.4 71.54 26.9 −6.1 26.0 −14.31, + 2.12 t = 1.5; df = 40 p = 0.141
Social functioning 57.19 23.2 37.4 26.8 −23.17 27.9 −31.96, −14.38 t = 5.33; df = 40 p < 0.001
Family supporta 82.57 20.4 80.49 14.4 −6.5 12.9 − 10.58, − 2.43 t = 3.23; df = 40 p = 0.002
Fatigue 52.07 28.9 71.27 28.8 20.87 35.2 9.78, 31.96 t = 3.8; df = 40 p < 0.001
Nausea and vomiting 40.2 34.4 54.07 37.6 13.0 39.0 0.7, 25.31 t = 2.14; df = 40 p = 0.039
Pain 45.42 32.7 71.54 28.7 27.64 37.6 15.78, 39.5 t = 4.71; df = 40 p < 0.001
Dyspnoea 24.18 26.7 27.64 29.7 5.69 30.6 −4.0, 15.36 t = 1.19; df = 40; p = 0.241
Insomnia 33.33 32.0 43.9 35.3 13.82 36.5 2.3, 25.34 t = 2.43; df = 40 p = 0.02
Loss of appetite 42.48 34.0 54.47 37.8 13.0 40.1 0.37, 25.65 t = 2.08; df = 40 p = 0.044
Constipation 30.06 35.4 47.97 41.5 16.26 34.3 5.45, 27.07 t = 3.04; df = 40 p = 0.004
Diarrhoea 10.46 18.2 4.88 14.1 −5.69 21.0 −12.3, 0.92 t = 1.74; df = 40 p = 0.09
Financial difficultiesb 50.98 31.5 77.24 21.6 30.89 32.8 20.53, 41.25 t = 6.03; df = 40 p < 0.001
  1. aScores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating a higher level of functioning/family support
  2. bScores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating a higher degree of financial difficulties
  3. cTen patients died during the follow up period
  4. dA negative mean difference indicates deterioration of functioning, family support and improvement of symptoms and a positive mean difference indicates worsening of symptoms and financial difficulties
  5. epaired t test