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Table 2 Characteristics of the participants and the information they received about the surgical date when placed on the waiting list

From: Waiting for elective general surgery: impact on health related quality of life and psychosocial consequences

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  Preoperative
n = 176
Postoperative
n = 134
Preoperative
n = 201
Postoperative
n = 152
Preoperative
n = 128
Postoperative
n = 98
Age in years, mean (SD) 51.6 (11.9) 52.0 (11.7) 62.9 (11.4) 63.0 (11.1) 52.6 (14.4) 52.9 (14.5)
Sex, % male 31.8 33.6 96.5 96.1 35.2 35.7
Total waiting time in days, median 170 166 115 113 111 98
Surgery on inpatient basis, % 39.7 42.9 62.9 72.8 94.4 96.9
No information on surgical date, % 51.2   50.0   62.5  
Surgical date by approximation, % 29.2   36.8   26.7  
Exact date of planned surgery, % 19.6   13.2   10.8