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Table 4 Patients' baseline and follow-up symptoms scores on the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-LC13 (the higher values indicate a greater degree of symptoms, min.: 0, max.: 100)

From: Quality of life in lung cancer patients: does socioeconomic status matter?

  Baseline Follow-up
  Affluent/intermediate
(n = 35)
Mean (SE)
Deprived
(n = 47)
Mean (SE)
P*         Affluent/intermediate
(n = 35)
Mean (SE)
Deprived
(n = 47)
Mean (SE)
P*
Cough 44.7 (5.8) 53.9 (4.2) 0.19 33.3 (4.3) 41.1 (4.8) 0.33
Haemoptysis 9.5 (3.7) 11.3 (3.5) 0.72 1.0 (0.9) 6.4 (2.8) 0.11
Dyspnoea 27.8 (4.6) 41.6 (3.7) 0.02 30.7 (4.4) 39.5 (4.1) 0.17
Pain (overall) 23.3 (3.7) 24.8 (3.9) 0.92 25.2 (4.7) 23.7 (4.2) 0.52
Pain in chest 16.2 (4.2) 26.2 (4.4) 0.12 22.8 (4.9) 25.5 (5.0) 0.91
Pain in shoulder 17.1 (4.6) 19.8 (4.1) 0.62 28.6 (6.0)) 24.1 (4.7) 0.61
Pain elsewhere 25.7 (5.1) 15.6 (4.0) 0.07 22.8 (4.9) 18.4 (4.4) 0.37
Fatigue 26.0 (4.2) 38.3 (4.3) 0.06 34.9 (4.3) 43.7 (4.0) 0.17
Nausea and vomiting 7.6 (2.3) 7.8 (2.6) 0.65 15.2 (3.9) 9.9 (2.6) 0.35
Peripheral neuropathy 3.8 (3.0) 18.4 (4.7) 0.01 19.0 (4.6) 16.3 (3.8) 0.66
Appetite loss 22.8 (4.5) 36.9 (5.4) 0.12 33.3 (5.4) 31.2 (5.0) 0.68
Sleep difficulties 27.6 (5.7) 31.2 (5.6) 0.81 24.7 (4.8) 24.8 (5.2) 0.66
Financial difficulties 6.6 (3.0) 8.5 (3.1) 0.87 11.4 (4.5) 7.1 (3.2) 0.40
  1. SE = standard error of mean. * Mann-Whitney test.