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Table 2 Observed values at baseline and weeks 4, 8, and 12

From: The effect of weekly specialist palliative care teleconsultations in patients with advanced cancer –a randomized clinical trial

   Group Baseline Week 4 Week 8 Week 12
ESAS
 TDS, mean (SD) (0–90) Intervention 31.03 (17.21)
n = 38
30.68 (19.58)
n = 22
27.73 (15.87)
n = 15
36.62 (20.14)
n = 13
Control 24.33 (14.54)
n = 36
24.17 (13.79)
n = 27
22.20 (10.89)
n = 20
22.38 (11.27)
n = 16
HADS
 Anxiety, mean (SD) (0–21) Intervention 7.24 (4.70)
n = 38
7.48 (4.19)
n = 23
7.11 (3.39)
n = 16
8.46 (4.25)
n = 13
Control 6.22 (3.91)
n = 36
5.23 (3.41)
n = 26
4.71 (3.08)
n = 21
5.06 (3.21)
n = 16
 Depression, mean (SD) (0–21) Intervention 7.66 (3.87)
n = 38
7.45 (4.82)
n = 23
7.31 (4.45)
n = 16
7.85 (5.10)
n = 13
Control 6.49 (4.57)
n = 36
6.25 (4.16)
n = 26
5.76 (3.92)
n = 21
7.00 (4.95)
n = 16
PNPC-sv
 Number of unmet needs, mean (SD) (0–32) Intervention 3.94 (5.68)
n = 37
2.07 (3.82)
n = 23
1.31 (3.48)
n = 16
2.02 (3.88)
n = 13
Control 2.92 (4.36)
n = 36
2.57 (3.75)
n = 25
1.42 (2.60)
n = 17
2.80 (5.21)
n = 15
NCQ
 Personal continuity, mean (SD) (6–30) Intervention 24.33 (3.76)
n = 36
24.52 (3.10)
n = 23
24.73 (3.26)
n = 15
24.38 (3.55)
n = 13
Control 22.81 (4.43)
n = 33
23.00 (3.43)
n = 25
23.28 (5.33)
n = 18
21.92 (4.27)
n = 13
 Team continuity (within hospital), mean (SD) (4–20) Intervention 14.20 (3.26)
n = 30
15.89 (2.27)
n = 18
15.75 (2.01)
n = 12
14.60 (3.24)
n = 10
Control 15.12 (3.15)
n = 31
15.59 (2.92)
n = 17
15.42 (2.61)
n = 12
13.73 (2.45)
n = 11
 Cross-boundary continuity, mean (SD) (4–20) Intervention 15.83 (3.09)
n = 24
16.56 (3.01)
n = 18
14.20 (2.78)
n = 15
16.59 (2.98)
n = 13
Control 15.16 (3.13)
n = 25
15.35 (2.57)
n = 18
14.10 (4.25)
n = 13
14.33 (3.20)
n = 9
EDIZ
 Total score, mean (SD) (9–45) Intervention 15.78 (5.87)
n = 36
14.54 (7.09)
n = 21
16.09 (8.39)
n = 16
15.95 (8.25)
n = 12
Control 15.54 (6.46)
n = 35
17.45 (8.39)
n = 25
14.74 (5.88)
n = 19
15.00 (7.10)
n = 14
  1. SD standard deviation, ESAS Edmonton Symptom Assessment System, TDS Total Distress Score, HADS Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, PNPC-sv Problems and Needs in Palliative Care-Short Version, NCQ Nijmegen Continuity Questionnaire, EDIZ self-perceived burden from informal care
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