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Table 4 Comparison of samples without/with symptom monitoring 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 (random treatment day) Supportive measure (random treatment day + day after) Sample
SM0 SM1 SM2
Depression Non-pharmacological interventions against emotional burden (psycho-oncology, spiritual care, nursing consultation) 2 5 4
Skin problems Non-pharmacological interventions against skin problems (skincare, nursing consultation, specialist councils) 1 1 5
Nausea, vomiting Antiemetic medication 9 13 9
Non-pharmacological interventions against nausea (nursing consultation) 1 0 0
Pain Pain medication 17 25 25
Non-pharmacological interventions against pain (anesthesia council, other specialist councils, nursing pain management/consultation, mouth rinse) 3 6 6
Insomnia Medication for sleep and sedation (including antidepressants for night) 4 6 9
Appetite loss Medication against appetite loss 0 0 1
Non-pharmacological interventions for nutritional promotion (nutrition specialist, logopedics) 6 7 9
Constipation Laxatives 5 12 11
Non-pharmacological interventions against constipation (nursing consultation) 1 0 0
Diarrhea Medication against diarrhea 3 1 0
Tiredness, weakness Physiotherapy, sports and exercise therapy 6 6 7
Non-specific supportive measures Occupational therapy 0 2 6
Palliative council 1 0 2
Oncologic care round 1 1 8
Total number   60 85 102
  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