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Table 4 Participants (%) reporting problems in quality of life (EQ-5D) during the wait and 3 months after surgery

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

  Varicose veins Inguinal hernia Gallstones
  Preoperative
n = 174
Postoperative
n = 134
Preoperative
n = 198
Postoperative
n = 150
Preoperative
n = 127
Postoperative
n = 97
Pain/Discomfort       
none 24.3 50.4* 43.9a 70.7a * 35.7b 63.9b *
moderate 73.4 48.1 52.0 28.7 54.8 35.1
extreme 2.3 1.5 4.1 0.7 9.5 1.0
Mobility       
no problems 63.0 74.6 62.6 89.4a * 82.9b,c 83.5
some problems 36.4 25.4 37.4 10.6 16.3 16.5
confined to bed 0.6 0 0 0 0.8 0
Anxiety/depression       
none 88.5 87.0 90.9 92.6 66.9b,c 88.5*
moderate 9.8 13.0 8.6 7.4 28.3 11.5
extreme 1.7 0 0.5 0 4.7 0
Usual activities       
no problems 59.8 81.2* 53.5 88.6* 66.1c 81.4*
some problems 40.2 18.0 44.4 11.4 30.7 18.6
unable to 0 0.8 2.0 0 3.1 0
Self-care       
no problems 99.4 97.7 97.5 95.9 97.6 99.0
some problems 0.6 2.3 2.5 4.1 2.4 1.0
unable to 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1. * significant difference between the pre- and postoperative rate of reporting problems within the disorder (McNemar test, p < 0.05).
  2. a significant difference between varicose veins and inguinal hernia(χ2-test, p < 0.05).
  3. b significant difference between varicose veins and gallstones(χ2-test, p < 0.05).
  4. c significant difference between inguinal hernia and gallstones(χ2-test, p < 0.05).