Table 2

The number, frequency duration, severity of presenting symptoms of patients at initial assessment by the home based care service

Symptom on first presentation

Number and Percentage of patients with symptoma

Duration of symptoms prior to presentation in daysa

Persistence of symptom after treatment dispensed at time of initial assessment in daysb

Frequency of recurring symptom per yearb


number

%

median

75 percentile

90 percentile

median

75 percentile

95 percentile

median

75 percentile

95 percentile


Headache

267

74

14

29

189

1.9

3.2

7.7

Fever

253

70

4

14

52

14

35

117

1.7

4.0

9.4

Chest pain

245

68

14

42

167

2.2

4.7

8.9

Shortness of breath

241

67

Cough

239

66

4

15

36

19

45

150

2.6

4.1

9.1

SOB walking

221

61

Stomach pains

215

60

Poor appetite

205

57

12

21

92

0.9

3.4

7.9

Lower limb pain

163

45

28

68

199

1.6

3.2

7.1

Nausea or vomiting

143

40

Diarrhoea

140

39

3

12

52

7

14

70

0.0

3.4

9.4

Problem swallowing

121

34

Skin problems

122

34

SOB doing nothing

107

30

Thrush

89

29

8

27

195

Previous shingles

101

28

Other pain

97

27

Itchy rash

93

26

14

50

298

0.0

1.3

4.5

Genital ulcers

46

13

Urethral discharge

40

11

Mouth ulcers

37

10


Note a calculated from initial assessment data

b calculated using follow up data

Bowie et al. BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:1   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-5-1

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