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Table 6 Comparison with MVQOLI subscale scores from other studies

From: Quality of life among patients receiving palliative care in South Africa and Uganda: a multi-centred study

Study Sample (N) Symptoms Function Interpersonal Well being Transcendent Total Global QOL
This study Palliative care patients, South Africa & Uganda (N = 285 unless stated) Mean (SD) 5.38 (7.32) 0.21 (11.62) 9.53 (12.78) 2.59 (12.12) 5.50 (12.03) 17.32 (3.70) 2.81 (1.04)
Namisango et al 2007 [44] Advanced AIDS patients receiving HIV care from community/home/outpatient clinic, Uganda (N = 200) Mean (SD) 1.70 (9.83) -2.05 (10.81) 17.44 (13.03) -1.39 (12.90) 16.08 (12.99) 16.27 (3.38) 2.68 (0.95)
   T (p) 4.72 (<0.001) 2.17 (0.03) 6.65 (<0.001) 3.47 (<0.001) 9.16 (<0.001) 3.17 (0.002) 1.40 (0.16)
Byock & Merriman 1998 [43] Community-based hospice patients, 68% advanced cancer, 11% end-stage lung disease, 8% end-stage heart disease, USA (N = 173) Mean (SD) 6.19 (7.32) 6.09 (15.27) 17.64 (10.92) 5.01 (14.45) 14.10 (13.00) 19.91 (3.97) 3.39 (1.07)
   T (p) 1.15 (0.25) 4.65 (<0.001) 6.94 (<0.001) 1.92 (0.06) 7.15 (<0.001) 7.02 (<0.001) 5.72 (<0.001)
Steele et al 2005 [58] Home hospice patients, 92.6% advanced cancer, 3.9% HIV, 3.1% COPD, 0.4% other, USA (N = 129) Mean (SD) 3.16 (7.87) 1.72 (15.91) 14.01 (11.11) 4.29 (14.46) 15.55 (11.61) Not reported Not reported
   T (p) 2.79 (0.006) 1.09 (0.28) 3.43 (<0.001) 1.24 (0.21) 7.92 (<0.001)   
  1. Note: Mean scores which are significantly higher than in our study are in bold; mean scores which are significantly lower are italicised.