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Table 4 Sequence of items of unmet supportive needs(n = 34)

From: Unmet supportive care needs and its relation to quality of life among adult acute leukaemia patients in China: a cross-sectional study

OrderaItemDomainMean (SD)%b
1Being informed about things you can do to help yourself to get wellI3.81 (1.26)81.70
2Being given information (written, diagrams, drawings) about aspects of managing your illness and side-effects at homeI3.22 (1.20)77.50
5Being adequately informed about the benefifits and side-effects of treatments before you choose to have themI3.38 (1.33)70.30
6Having access to professional counselling (e.g., psychologist, social worker, counselor, nurse specialist) if you, family or friends need itI3.13 (1.39)69.60
9Being informed about your test results as soon as feasibleI3.40 (1.34)68.30
10Having one member of hospital staff with whom you can talk to about all aspects of your condition, treatment and follow-upI3.07 (1.34)67.00
12Being given written information about the important aspects of your careI2.96 (1.26)65.00
13Being informed about cancer which is under control or diminishing (that is, remission)I3.36 (1.37)63.70
14Being given explanations of those tests for which you would like explanationsI3.22 (1.31)63.10
20Being treated in a hospital or clinic that is as physically pleasant as possibleI2.94 (1.45)52.90
27Being treated like a person not just another caseI2.61 (1.35)43.50
3Concerns about the worries of those close to youP3.39 (1.22)76.80
4Uncertainty about the futureP2.87 (1.42)72.20
8Feelings about death and dyingP2.54 (1.39)68.60
11Worry that the results of treatment are beyond your controlP3.00 (1.34)66.30
17Feeling down or depressedP2.55 (1.23)56.20
18Learning of feel in control of your situationP2.71 (1.28)54.90
19Fears about the cancer spreadingP2.62 (1.41)53.90
21AnxietyP2.45 (1.27)52.00
22Feelings of sadnessP2.42 (1.22)50.30
23Keeping a positive outlookP2.61 (1.31)49.70
7Lack of energy/tirednessH3.00 (1.17)68.60
15Feeling unwell a lot of the timeH2.76 (1.26)61.80
16Not being able to do the things you used to doH2.77 (1.39)58.80
26PainH2.55 (1.42)46.10
30Work around the homeH2.25 (1.34)42.20
24More choice about which cancer specialists you seeS2.71 (1.44)48.70
25Hospital staff acknowledging, and showing sensitively to, your feelings and emotional needsS2.56 (1.75)47.70
28More choice about which hospital you attendS2.55 (1.39)43.50
29Hospital staff attending promptly to your physical needsS2.61 (1.24)42.50
31Reassurance by medical staff that the way you feel is normalS2.20 (1.08)29.10
32Being given information about sexual relationshipsX1.60 (1.03)19.60
33Changes in sexual feelingsX1.59 (0.94)18.60
34Changes in your sexual relationshipsX1.57 (0.99)17.60
  1. I Health systems and information needs, P Psychological, H Physical/daily living, S Patient care and support, X Sexuality. SD Standard deviation
  2. aThis order refers to the order of each item in the original scale (SCNS-SF34).
  3. bThe unmet demand rate of each item = Number of patients with unmet support needs for this item/ Total number of patients who answered the item ×100%.