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Table 3 Relative importance of ESD items/concepts reported by patients and clinicians

From: Patients’ and clinicians’ perspectives on item importance, scoring, and clinically meaningful differences for the Endometriosis Symptom Diary (ESD) and Endometriosis Impact Scale (EIS)

Item/concept Patient rankings (1–7, where 1 is the most important and 7 is the least important) Clinician mean constant sum (0–100)
Number of patients (N = 24a) attributing item to each ranking Patient median rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Worst overall pelvic pain 11 4 4 2 2 0 1 2 28.75
Worst constant pelvic pain 8 6 2 2 3 3 0 2 22.5
Pain associated with bleedingb 2 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 10
Worst short-term pelvic pain 5 1 5 4 3 3 3 4 13.75
Pain due to sexual intercoursec 4 1 3 4 4 3 1 4 11.25
Avoidance of sexual intercourse due to paind 1 4 2 1 6 5 4 5 7.5
Pain medication use 2 0 5 3 2 2 10 5.5 5
  1. aN = 24, as one patient had trouble understanding and thus was unable to provide meaningful responses
  2. bNote that pain associated with bleeding was calculated by considering responses to ESD item 1 (“worst pelvic pain”) and rating of bleeding severity by ESD item 4
  3. cN = 20, as four patients stated that they were unable to provide a ranking for this item as they did not experience pain during sex (N = 3) or were not sexually active (n = 1)
  4. dN = 23, as one patient stated that she was unable to provide a ranking for this item as she was not sexually active
  5. ESD = Endometriosis Symptom Diary