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Table 5 Patient consideration of severity when responding to the item “I am bothered by constipation” (N = 21)

From: Further content validation of the 18-item NCCN/FACT Ovarian Symptom Index and its Disease Related Symptom-Physical (DRS-P) subscale for use in advanced ovarian cancer clinical trials

ItemIs the severity of constipation something that determines how much it bothers you?Item endorsement (Patients who selected 0 vs 1–4)1Imagine your constipation getting worse, would you be more bothered by it? (n = 11)2Imagine your constipation getting better, would you be less bothered by it? (n = 11)2
I am bothered by constipationYes = 16 (76%)0 = 10 (48%)Yes = 9 (82%)Yes = 11 (100%)
No = 2 (10%)1–4 = 11 (52%)No = 1 (9%)No = 0 (0%)
Missing = 3 (14%)3Missing = 1 (9%)3
  1. 10 = Not at all; 1 = A little bit; 2 = Somewhat; 3 = Quite a bit; 4 = Very much
  2. 2Question asked only to those who selected “A little Bit,” “Somewhat,” “Quite a Bit,” or “Very Much”
  3. 3Missing indicates unclear response or no response