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Table 2 Results for the scales of COMOT-15 and SF-36 at three different times of assessment; M = mean value, SD = standard deviation, TM = time of measurement, p = p-value from Student's t-test

From: General and disease-specific quality of life in patients with chronic suppurative otitis media - a prospective study

Questionnaire/ Scale TM1 (baseline) TM2 (6 months) TM3 (12 months) p p p
  M SD M SD M SD TM1 vs. TM2 TM1 vs. TM3 TM2 vs. TM3
COMOT-15          
Overall Score
(OS)
46,4 18,8 38,4 20,5 39,5 22,0 0,01 0,03 0,75
Ear Symptoms
(ES)
35,7 18,5 27,7 18,0 28,5 20,3 0,004 0,02 0,79
Hearing Function
(HF)
64,8 26,3 56,0 30,4 56,0 30,1 0,04 0,04 0,99
Mental Health
(MH)
48,8 25,9 40,1 28,6 42,6 27,9 0,04 0,13 0,56
SF-36          
Physical
Functioning (PF)
83.6 20.0 82.2 22.1 79.3 25.0 0.81 0.21 0.32
Role-Functioning
Physical (RP)
74.1 39.8 76.2 38.2 73.9 37.3 0.73 0.96 0.69
Bodily Pain
(BP)
72.0 27.9 73.3 26.8 74.6 26.9 0.75 0.52 0.74
General Health
(GH)
58.3 19.8 59.3 18.9 56.6 19.6 0.74 0.58 0.36
Vitality
(VT)
54.4 21.5 58.1 17.4 56.1 18.2 0.22 0.58 0.46
Social Functioning
(SF)
77.6 25.2 79.5 22.8 78.6 22.1 0.61 0.79 0.80
Role-Functioning
Emotional (RE)
75.8 37.8 78.0 38.3 73.3 38.1 0.70 0.67 0.42
Mental Health
(MH)
67.0 19.6 70.1 16.6 65.4 18.4 0.26 0.59 0.08