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Table 5 Correlations between sum scores of SOS-V (sub)scales with patient with patient's general feeling of suffering and sum score of the QLQ C-30; first interviews with patients in general practice with incurable cancer with a life-expectancy of 6 months or less (Spearman R, n = 64)*

From: Unbearability of suffering at the end of life: the development of a new measuring device, the SOS-V

  Overall Questions on suffering of the SOS-V QLQ C-30
  Extent of suffering Unbearability of suffering Hopelessness of suffering Sum Score
SOS-V
(sub)scale
a. Aspect present? b.
Suffering Unbearable?
a. Aspect present? b.
Suffering Unbearable?
a. Aspect present? b.
Suffering Unbearable?
a.
Aspect present?
b.
Suffering Unbearable?
Domain I: Signs and symptoms 0.71 0.70 0.51 0.42 0.64 0.74 0.71 0.61
Domain II: Loss of functions 0.33 0.43 0.34 0.41 0.28 0.52 0.64 0.54
Domain III: Personal aspects 0.64 0.62 0.53 0.58 0.64 0.70 0.36 0.38
Domain IV: Aspects of social environment 0.35 0.30 0.46 0.43 0.29 0.24 0.17 0.15
Domain V: Nature and prognosis of disease 0.56 0.57 0.33 0.27 0.70 0.73 0.23 0.30
Total SOS-V 0.72 0.69 0.61 0.55 0.66 0.75 0.66 0.58
  1. * between 8 and 15 missing observations per correlation
  2. significant p-value< 0.05
  3. significant p-value< 0.01