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Table 3 Overall Meta-analysis summary between Totally informed of diagnosis and Uninformed of diagnosis in cancer patients

From: The impact on quality of life from informing diagnosis in patients with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Outcome or subgroup Participants Std. Mean Difference (IV, Random, 95% CI) P value
General Quality of Life 1593 0.12 [− 0.09, 0.34] 0.26
Function domains
 Role Function 1250 0.17 [−0.05, 0.39] 0.13
 Cognitive Activity 1150 0.61 [− 0.06, 1.28] 0.08
 Vitality 212 2.22 [0.11, 4.33] 0.04
 Emotional Function 1793 0.13 [−0.20, 0.47] 0.43
 Social Function 2045 0.58 [0.11, 1.05] 0.02
 Physical Function 1733 0.03 [−0.26, 0.32 0.83
Disease-related symptoms
 Nausea and Vomiting 1250 −0.13[− 0.46, 0.20] 0.45
 Pain 1541 −0.24[− 0.61, 0.14] 0.22
 Dyspnea 1250 −0.01[− 0.12, 0.10] 0.88
 Fatigue 1250 0.07 [−0.23, 0.38] 0.63
 Diarrhea 1250 −0.03[− 0.21, 0.15] 0.77
 Constipation 1250 0.04 [−0.12, 0.20] 0.62
 Appetite Loss 1250 0.06 [−0.05, 0.17] 0.30
 Insomnia 1250 0.08 [−0.05, 0.21] 0.21