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Table 6 Pre- and postoperative scores for state anxiety (STAI) and their 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 = 133
Preoperative
n = 200
Postoperative
n = 149
Preoperative
n = 124
Postoperative
n = 95
Mean 36.3 35.4* 35.4 32.3a* 40.6b,c 34.8*
SD 9.6 9.4 10.0 8.6 12.7 11.0
ML linear regression** b p   b p   b p  
loge(waited time) -1.88 0.15   3.54 0.012   2.73 0.27  
log e (total waiting time) 0.16 0.92   -4.06 0.010   -2.22 0.41  
  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 multilevel 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 inguinal hernia (t-test, p < 0.05).
  5. b significant difference between varicose veins and gallstones (t-test, p < 0.05).
  6. c significant difference between inguinal hernia and gallstones (t-test, p < 0.05).