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Table 5 The associations* between the time spent waiting and the likelihood of reporting a problem with quality of life (EQ-5D)**

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

  Varicose veins
n = 174
Inguinal hernia
n = 199
Gallstones
n = 126
  OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI
Pain/discomfort       
loge(waited time) 1.527 0.843–2.765 3.370 1.567–7.250 0.763 0.305–1.910
log e (total waiting time) 0.487 0.238–0.997 0.141 0.057–0.344 0.952 0.349–2.596
Mobility       
loge(waited time) 0.715 0.405–1.265 2.878 1.320–6.271 1.357 0.204–9.016
log e (total waiting time) 1.179 0.602–2.309 0.195 0.08–0.470 0.389 0.053–2.869
Anxiety/depression       
loge(waited time) 1.002 0.422–2.380 5.228 0.975–28.02 1.639 0.591–4.54
log e (total waiting time) 1.770 0.596–5.259 0.135 0.02–0.821 0.589 0.200–1.728
Usual activities       
loge(waited time) 0.847 0.485–1.478 2.499 1.305–4.787 1.332 0.488–3.640
log e (total waiting time) 0.982 0.508–1.898 0.327 0.158–0.676 0.698 0.237–2.056
  1. OR, Odds Ratio; CI, Confidence Interval
  2. *The results of the multilevel regression analysis were corrected for age, sex, and an in- or outpatient basis of surgery if significant.
  3. **For analysis, the responses for category 1 ('some problems'/'moderate') and category 2 ('extreme' or 'unable to') were combined to indicate 'a problem' as opposed to response category 0 ('no problem'). This was done because the number of participants in response category 2 was too small to analyse separately. The effect of waiting on problems with self care was not analysed as the number of patients with problems on this dimension was too small