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Table 3 Comparison of clinical records and symptom monitoring regarding the number of identified symptoms (n = 100/sample)

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

Symptom (random treatment day) Clinical documentation* Symptom monitoring (EORTC single items)
Sample SM0 SM1 SM2 Sample SM0 SM1 SM2
Depression Physician 2 3 0 Moderate 41 21
Nurse 0 2 1 Severe 15 26
Total 2 5 1 Total 56 47
Skin problems Physician 4 2 8 Moderate 16 14
Nurse 0 3 3 Severe 13 18
Total 4 5 10 Total 29 32
Nausea Physician 4 6 5 Moderate 19 18
Nurse 1 5 1 Severe 16 10
Total 4 10 6 Total 35 28
Vomiting Physician 0 0 0 Moderate 5 5
Nurse 0 3 1 Severe 9 2
Total 0 3 1 Total 14 7
Pain Physician 8 18 24 Moderate 19 14
Nurse 11 16 18 Severe 9 8
Total 14 27 34 Total 28 22
Insomnia Physician 1 3 5 Moderate 24 42
Nurse 10 5 13 Severe 29 19
Total 11 8 17 Total 53 61
Appetite loss Physician 0 0 1 Moderate 24 26
Nurse 0 0 2 Severe 18 15
Total 0 0 2 Total 42 41
Constipation Physician 3 8 8 Moderate 22 13
Nurse 0 6 4 Severe 17 11
Total 3 12 10 Total 39 24
Diarrhea Physician 2 2 2 Moderate 4 13
Nurse 1 1 3 Severe 2 5
Total 3 3 4 Total 6 18
Tiredness Physician 1 0 0 Moderate 41 41
Nurse 0 0 0 Severe 33 34
Total 1 0 0 Total 74 75
Weakness Physician 2 0 1 Moderate 36 32
Nurse 0 1 2 Severe 29 29
Total 2 1 3 Total 65 61
Total number   44 74 88   441 416
  1. SM0 without symptom monitoring, SM1 with symptom monitoring, without integration of results into electronic patient records, SM2 with symptom monitoring, with integration of results into electronic patient records
  2. *Since some symptoms appeared in both physician and nurse documentation, the total number of assessed symptoms does not equal the sum