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Table 3 Median values of the scale QLQ-C30 by groups of patients and in relation to the time elapsed after the surgery

From: The quality of life of Croatian women after mastectomy: a cross-sectional single-center study

QLQ-C30 Median (95% CI of median) p*
1 month after surgery** 1 year after surgery** Total**
 Global health status 50 (33.3–53.3) 50 (50–66) 50 (50–58) 0.019
 Physical functioning 73.33 (57.4–75.9) 86.67 (80–93) 80 (73.3–86.7) 0.003
 Role functioning 66.67 (33.3–66.7) 83.33 (66.7–100) 66.67 (66–66.7) 0.003
 Emotional functioning 37.5 (33.3–61.6) 66.67 (58.3–74.7) 58.33 (43.1–66.7) 0.014
 Cognitive functioning 75 (66.7–83.3) 83.33 (83–100) 83.33 (83.3–83.3) 0.045
 Social functioning 66.67 (50–83) 83.33 (83–100) 83.33 (66.7–83.3) 0.004
Functional scale total 57.78 (48.9–68.5) 80 (73.8–83.1) 73.33 (60.6–77.8) 0.002
 Fatigue 55.56 (40–67) 33.33 (22–44) 44.44 (33.3–55.6) 0.039
 Nausea/vomiting 16.67 (0–33) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–17) 0.001
 Pain 41.67 (29–54) 16.67 (16.7–17) 16.67 (16.6–33.3) 0.014
 Dyspnea 33.33 (33–67) 33.33 (0–33) 33.33 (33.3–33.3) 0.007
 Insomnia 66.67 (33–67) 33.33 (33–66.7) 33.33 (33.3–66.6) 0.319
 Appetite loss 33.33 (0–33) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–33.3) 0.004
 Constipation 0 (0–33) 0 (0–33.3) 0 (0–33.3) 0.274
 Diarrhea 0 (0–28) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0) 0.497
 Financial difficulties 33.33 (33.3–66.7) 33.33 (0–33) 33.33 (0–33.3) 0.139
Symptom scale total 38.46 (28.2–47.2) 20.51 (15.3–28.2) 28.21 (20.5–30.8) 0.007
  1. *Mann-Whitney U test
  2. **Higher score on the functional scale correlates to a higher (better) functional level; min: 0, max: 100
  3. Higher score on the symptom scale represents a higher (worse) level of symptoms; min: 0, max: 100