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Table 2 Relevance, inappropriateness and importance of items reported by 48 patients and 35 health care professionals

From: Content validation of the EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL with advanced cancer patients and health care professionals from palliative care services in Chile

Scale/item Item Relevance (mean) % Inappropriate % Selected as one of the most important
   Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs /2a
Pain (PA) 9 100 97 0 0 96 77  
19 97 80 2 6 27 54  
 Any PA item       98 94 96
Physical functioning (PF) 1 77 64 6 9 40 3  
2 78 63 2 0 25 3  
3 76 73 4 3 17 9  
4 83 85 6 3 23 51  
5 98 95 0 0 60 71  
 Any PF item       98 80 89
Sleeping difficulties (SL) 11 97 95 0 0 75 86 80
Emotional functioning (EF) 21 95 63 0 3 19 6  
22 93 68 0 2 21 11  
23 92 73 0 0 21 17  
24 98 89 0 0 38 60  
 Any EF item       73 83 78
Nausea and vomiting (NV) 14 96 88 0 0 25 54  
15 97 87 0 0 35 46  
 Any NV item       46 69 57
Fatigue (FA) 10 97 67 2 3 50 6  
12 92 73 0 3 31 20  
18 92 74 2 3 42 14  
 Any FA item       77 34 56
Social functioning (SF) 26 93 89 2 3 31 54  
27 88 83 4 0 8 31  
 Any SF item       38 60 49
Lack of appetite (AP) 13 99 86 0 0 35 57 46
Role functioning (RF) 6 95 79 0 0 50 23  
7 82 57 2 6 31 6  
 Any RF item       60 26 43
Constipation (CO) 16 92 83 0 0 29 54 42
Financial difficulties (FI) 28 93 81 4 3 35 49 42
Global health status/ 29 97 90 0 0 8 23  
Quality of life (QOL) 30 95 89 0 3 15 49  
 Any QL item       23 54 39
Dyspnea (DY) 8 70 70 2 3 46 17 31
Cognitive functioning (CF) 20 90 54 0 3 21 6  
25 97 67 0 0 15 14  
 Any CF item       33 17 25
Diarrhea (DI) 17 93 79 2 0 17 20 18
  1. The scales/items are ranked according to importance. Items in bold form were extracted from the EORTC QLQ-C30 to form the EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL questionnaire
  2. a The mean of the values for patients (Pts.) and health care professionals (HCPs)