Table 2

Characteristics of the ED visits in a tertiary oncologic hospital in France during the three studied periods. P value for the comparison between pre-lockdown, lockdown and post-lockdown period using χ2 test for categorical variables and Kruskal-Wallis test for continuous variables, n=number of ED visits

Characteristics of ED visitsPre-lockdown, n=299Lockdown, n=302Post-lockdown, n=302P value
Symptom of ED visit, n (%)
 Fever52 (17.4)89 (29.5)45 (14.9)<0.0001*
 Respiratory disorder41 (13.7)86 (28.5)42 (13.9)<0.0001*
 Pain51 (17.1)56 (18.5)57 (18.9)0.83
 Digestive disorder50 (16.7)34 (11.3)47 (15.6)0.13
 Altered general condition28 (9.4)17 (5.6)29 (9.6)0.13
 Neurological disorder16 (5.4)18 (6.0)25 (8.3)0.31
 Cardio-circulatory disorder17 (5.7)8 (2.6)8 (2.6)0.07
 Palliative care2 (0.7)2 (0.7)6 (2.0)0.20
FRENCH triage score, n (%)
 Score 1 and 216 (5.4)21 (7.0)19 (6.3)0.31
 Score 3247 (82.6)236 (78.1)254 (84.1)
 Score 4 and 536 (12.0)45 (14.9)29 (9.6)
Type of reason, n (%)
 Cancer-related138 (46.2)127 (42.1)149 (49.3)<0.01*
 Treatment-related113 (37.8)77 (25.5)104 (34.4)
 Non-cancer or treatment-related48 (16.1)95 (31.5)49 (16.2)
  • *Statistically significant.

  • ED, emergency department.