Table 2

QoL-Questionnaires: difference between treatment group (aVQ) and control group by independent t-test and result of the repeated measured analysis of variance (ANOVA, influence of treatment)
Values at baseline (SD) Difference between aVQ and control
aVQ Control t t t t F
baseline week 8 week 16 week 24 ANOVA
Global health status 43.75 (12.73) 38.33 (22.45) −0.8192 −0.7853 −4.3243** −2.2335* 7.7133**
Function scales QLQ-C30 Physical Function 60.83 (18.52) 59.11 (18.66) −0.2577 0.7034 −1.1736 −0.4788 0.2499
Role Function 61.46 (35.34) 54.44 (30.52) −0.5925 0.9454 −1.616 −0.5529 0.4646
Emotional Function 60.94 (21.02) 55.56 (28.64) −0.5933 0.2221 2.2619* 0.0475 0.0851
Cognitive Function 75.00 (21.94) 77.78 (15.00) 0.4137 1.209 1.5594 −0.2262 1.0832
Social Function 58.33 (29.81) 58.89 (35.56) 0.047 −0.684 0.7015 −0.396 0.0107
Symptom scales QLQ-C30 Fatigue 44.44 (17.68) 48.89 (27.47) 0.5317 −0.1426 −0.4653 0.3975 0.0812
Nausea &Vomiting 17.71 (18.73) 5.56 (13.61) −2.0761 −0.764 −1.1565 0.102 2.6182
Pain 51.04 (21.49) 55.56 (33.73) 0.4411 −0.9279 −0.2941 0.6467 0.0258
Dyspnoea 25.00 (28.54) 33.33 (35.63) 0.7157 0.4233 −1.1535 −0.5658 0.0023
Insomnia 37.50 (29.50) 53.33 (37.37) 1.3036 −1.2579 0.130 −0.8726 0.0214
Appetite loss 33.33 (27.22) 37.78 (35.34) 0.3905 0.6096 −0.2297 0.7067 0.4156
Constipation 31.11 (34.43) 22.22 (27.22) −0.7845 −0.1521 −0.5357 −0.7574 0.7652
Diarrhea 22.22 (24.12) 15.56 (24.77) −0.7467 −0.6185 −2.6407* −1.0367 3.606
Financial difficulties 37.50 (34.16) 28.89 (27.79) −0.772 −0.0922 −1.6535 −0.8739 1.0459
Symptoms QLQ-STO22 Dysphagia 34.03 (22.76) 46.67 (21.50) 1.5901 −0.1442 1.0202 0.4126 1.7228
Pain 43.75 (26.44) 63.89 (25.13) 2.1742* 0.757 −0.7438 0.3681 1.9013
Reflux symptom 27.08 (15.70) 22.22 (23.76) −0.6676 −1.2596 −1.7927 −1.0456 3.1538
Eating restriction 29.17 (22.57) 46.11 (20.62) 2.1843* 0.2106 0.7307 0.1629 2.3484
Anxiety 42.36 (23.38) 40.00 (28.73) −0.25 −1.5867 −0.0319 0.4544 0.2471
Single items QLQ-STO22 Having a dry mouth 39.58 (30.35) 57.78 (36.66) 1.4998 −1.0582 −1.1941 −1.3797 0.1782
Taste 22.92 (23.47) 40.00 (31.37) 1.708 −0.4383 0.7737 0.6099 1.4529
Body image 41.67 (28.54) 33.33 (30.86) −0.7791 −2.3885* −0.0962 0.00 1.4123
Hair loss 20.00 (18.26) 83.33 (33.33) 3.4125* 0.5143 0.4672 −1.4018 1.4885

*p<0.05, **p<0.01, SD: standard deviation.

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Kim et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:172   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-172

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