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Table 3 Patient and physician evaluation of SAKK cancer-specific geriatricassessment (C-SGA)

From: The SAKK cancer-specific geriatric assessment (C-SGA): a pilot study of a brieftool for clinical decision-making in older cancer patients

  Patient N = 51 Physician N = 9  
  n (%) or mean ± SD P value*
Patient questionnaire    
Estimated time to complete    
 Average time in minutes 17.33 ±7.34 20.59 ±6.53 0.02
 Rated time as acceptable 44 (96) 51 (100) 0.22
Ease of completing    
 Easy/fairly easy 42 (91) 43 (84) 0.14 #
 Just right 4 (8.7) 3 (5.9)  
 Hard/very hard 0 (0) 5 (9.8)  
Patient reaction    §
 Interested 37 (73) 44 (86)  
 Indifferent 7 (14) 5 (9.8)  
 Rejecting 0 (0) 2 (3.9)  
Difficult to answer questions    
 Yes 5 (11) 8 (16) 0.91
 No 39 (89) 43 (84)  
Unanswered questions    
 Yes 6 (14) 11 (22) 0.03
 No 38 (86) 40 (78)  
Medical record abstraction    
Estimated time to complete    
 Average time in minutes 8.32 ±4.72  
 Rated time as acceptable 50(100)  
Ease of completing    
 Easy/fairly easy 47 (96)  
 Just right 2 (4.1)  
 Hard/very hard 0 (0)  
  1. C-SGA Cancer-Specific Geriatric Assessment; SDstandard deviation.
  2. * Test of difference between patients and physicians.
  3. # Significance test based on two categories created bycollapsing the bottom two categories with the smallest cell countsinto one (e.g. Easy/Fairly easy vs. Just right/Hard/Very hard).
  4. § Significance test not possible due to zerocells.