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Table 7 Scores for negative emotional reactions to waiting and their associations with waiting times and information about the expected duration of the wait

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

  Varicose veins Inguinal hernia Gallstones
  n = 175 n = 199 n = 127
Mean 12.9 13.6 17.8a,b
SD 7.8 7.7 6.9
ML linear regression* b p b p b p
loge(waited time) -1.07 0.30 3.17 0.004 5.00 0.003
log e (total waiting time) 0.46 0.74 -4.03 0.001 -5.07 0.006
Surgical date by approximation -3.37 0.02 -2.53 0.04 -0.87 0.56
Exact date of planned surgery -4.34 0.03 -6.69 <0.001 -3.57 0.09
  1. SD, standard deviation; ML, multilevel; p, p-value
  2. *The results of the multilevel regression analysis were corrected for age, sex, and an in- or outpatient basis of surgery if significant.
  3. a significant difference between varicose veins and gallstones (t-test, p < 0.05).
  4. b significant difference between inguinal hernia and gallstones (t-test, p < 0.05).