TableĀ 3

Median score and Wilcoxon signed-rank (p value) for patient (n=50) and HCP (n=50) for each POS and POS-S item

POS itemPatient median (minimum, Q1, Q3, maximum)HCP median (minimum, Q1, Q3, maximum)Wilcoxon signed-rank (p value)
Pain1 (0,0,2,4)1 (0,1,2,3)0.497
Breathlessness1 (0,0,2,4)1 (0,0,2,4)0.682
Weakness2 (0,1,3,4)3 (0,2,3,4)0.024*
Nausea0 (0,0,2,3)1 (0,0,2,4)0.409
Vomiting0 (0,0,1,3)0 (0,0,1,4)0.671
Appetite2 (0,0,3,4)2 (0,1,3,4)0.792
Constipation1 (0,0,2,4)1 (0,0,2,4)0.458
Mouth problems0 (0,0,1,4)1 (0,0,1,4)0.879
Drowsiness2 (0,1,2,4)1 (0,0,2,4)0.013*
Immobility2 (0,0,3,4)2 (0,1,3,4)0.598
Anxious/worried1.5 (0,0,3,4)2 (0,1,3,4)0.338
Family/friends anxious/worried3 (0,2,3,4)3 (0,2,4,4)0.529
Standard of help to relatives2 (0,1,4,4)2 (1,2,3,4)0.194
Information given0 (0,0,2,4)0 (0,0,1,2)0.007**
Standard of facilities2 (0,2,3,4)3 (1,2,3,4)0.075
Share feelings1 (0,0,2,4)1 (0,0,2,4)0.800
Depression1 (0,0,3,4)2 (0,1,3,4)0.016*
Time spent by staff2 (0,1,2,4)3 (1,2,3,4)0.0001***
Felt good about self2 (0,0,3,4)3 (1,2,3,4)0.001**
Time wasted on appointments0 (0,0,0,2)0 (0,0,1,2)0.070
Personal issues2 (0,0,4,4)2 (0,2,3,4)1.000
  • POS is a Likert scale and items are scored from 0 (not at all) to 4 (overwhelmingly).

  • Significant difference between patient-and healthcare professional (HCP)- ratings is labelled as follows. *p<0.05;**p<0.01; ***p<0.001.

  • HCP, healthcare professional; POS, palliative outcome scale; POS-S, POS-symptoms.