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Table 3 Pre- and postoperative scores for general health perceptions (GHPQ) and the associations with waiting time

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

  Varicose veins Inguinal hernia Gallstones
  Preoperative
n = 175
Postoperative
n = 134
Preoperative
n = 199
Postoperative
n = 150
Preoperative
n = 124
Postoperative
n = 97
Mean 85.0 87.3* 83.7 87.4* 78.2a,b 86.5*
SD 14.2 15.5 14.8 15.3 14.5 13.8
ML linear regression** b p   b p   b p  
loge(waited time) 2.00 0.29   -2.74 0.21   -2.12 0.46  
loge(total waiting time) -0.60 0.79   1.59 0.51   0.45 0.88  
  1. SD, standard deviation; ML, multilevel; p, p-value
  2. * Significant difference between pre- and postoperative scores (Paired t-test, p < 0.05).
  3. **The results of the regression analysis were corrected for age, sex, and an in- or outpatient basis of surgery if significant.
  4. a significant difference between varicose veins and gallstones(t-test, p < 0.05; (no differences in postoperative scores)
  5. b significant difference between inguinal hernia and gallstones(t-test, p < 0.05; (no differences in postoperative scores)