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Table 2 Comparison of samples without/with initial assessment regarding the number of initiated supportive measures (n = 100/sample)

From: An implementation study of electronic assessment of patient-reported outcomes in inpatient radiation oncology

Symptom (day of admission) Supportive measure (day of admission + day after) Sample
IA0 IA1 IA2
Reduced emotional function Non-pharmacological interventions against emotional burden (psycho-oncology, spiritual care, nursing consultation) 9 17 20
Fatigue Blood transfusion (fatigue through anemia) 0 0 2
Physiotherapy, sports and exercise therapy 6 17 25
Nausea/vomiting Antiemetic medication 6 4 5
Pain Pain medication 27 16 21
Non-pharmacological interventions against pain (anesthesia council, other specialist councils, nursing pain management/consultation, mouth rinse) 6 4 6
Dyspnea Medication against dyspnea 0 0 1
Non-pharmacological interventions for ventilation/against dyspnea (inhalation, breath-stimulating rub, logopedics, O2, breathing training) 5 6 10
Insomnia Medication for sleep and sedation (including antidepressants for night) 9 9 9
Appetite loss Medication against appetite loss 0 0 2
Non-pharmacological interventions for nutritional promotion (nutrition specialist, logopedics) 19 25 26
Constipation Laxatives 5 7 3
Diarrhea Medication against diarrhea 1 0 0
Non-specific supportive measures Occupational therapy 2 3 10
Palliative council 2 3 1
Oncologic care round 8 3 6
Total number   105 114 147
  1. IA0 without initial assessment, IA1 with initial assessment, without integration of results into electronic patient records, IA2 with initial assessment, with integration of results into electronic patient records