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Table 4 QOL scores for disease specific 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

Disease-specific dimensiona Baseline score Follow up score Mean differencec (N = 41) SD 95% CI Significanced
Mean (N = 51) SD Mean (N = 41)b SD
Dysphagia 54.03 27.0 37.13 29.0 −13.55 29.7 −22.91, −4.19 t = 2.93; df = 40 p = 0.006
Problems with eating 31.21 22.0 30.28 23.1 1.63 27.3 −7.0, 10.25 t = 0.38; df = 40 p = 0.705
Reflux 42.48 29.5 44.97 36.4 7.32 36.9 −4.33, 18.97 t = 1.27; df = 40 p = 0.212
Pain 29.63 25.7 30.08 32.3 3.25 32.8 −7.1, 13.6 t = 0.64; df = 40 p = 0.529
Trouble swallowing saliva 24.84 35.2 22.76 32.9 −2.44 34.5 −13.32, 8.44 t = 0.45; df = 40 p = 0.653
Choked when swallowing 22.88 30.2 18.7 26.9 −1.63 30.7 −11.31, 8.06 t = 0.34; df = 40 p = 0.736
Dry mouth 39.22 34.4 58.54 37.1 20.33 39.4 7.9, 32.74 t = 3.31; df = 40 p = 0.002
Trouble with taste 25.49 32.4 37.4 35.1 13.0 46.5 −1.66, 27.68 t = 1.79; df-40 p = 0.081
Trouble with coughing 37.25 32.4 42.28 39.5 7.32 36.9 −4.33, 18.96 t = 1.27; df = 40 p = 0.212
Trouble talking 32.68 31.6 28.46 33.8 0.0 41.5 −13.1, 13.1 t = 0.0; df = 40 p = 1.00
  1. aScores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating a higher degree of symptoms
  2. bTen patients died during the follow up period
  3. cA positive mean difference indicates worsening of symptoms and negative mean difference indicates improvement of symptoms
  4. dpaired t test