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Table 3 Categorized reasons why some items were rated as little or not relevant by the participants

From: Correction to: 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 Relevancea Technical issuesb Inappropriatec Relatived Not importante Difficultf Total
   Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs Pts. HCPs  
Pain 9     1          1
  19   3   1   2 1       7
Physical functioning 1 5 5    3 3 1       17
  2 4 6 1 1 1   1   1 1    16
  3 4 6 1 2 1 1 1   1     17
  4 3     2 1 1      1 8
  5             
Emotional functioning 21 1 5 1 2   1   1   1 1   13
  22 1 5 2 1    1   1 1    12
  23   1 4 5    1    1    12
  24   2   3    1       6
Fatigue 10   5   1   1 1   1 1    10
  12   3 2 3   1 2      1 12
  18 1 4 1    1 2    1    10
Nausea and vomiting 14 1 2   2          5
  15   2   1          3
Sleeping difficulties 11     1          1
Social functioning 26 1     1 1 1    1    5
  27   1   2 2   1    2    8
Dyspnea 8 3 5 14 13 1   1   1   1   39
Role functioning 6 2 1   3       1    7
  7 4 11   1 1 2 1       20
Constipation 16   1 10 7          18
Lack of appetite 13   1            1
Financial difficulties 28 1 2   1 2 1      1   8
Global health status/ 29   2 1          1 4
Quality of life 30   1 2 3   1 1     1 1 10
Cognitive functioning 20 4 11   1   1     4    21
  25 1 8   1     1      11
Diarrhea 17   3    1    1      5
Total   36 96 39 56 15 17 18 3 5 14 4 4 307
  1. a Relevance: statements concerning the degree of relevance, i.e., replicating the quantitative data
  2. b Technical issues: statements that the question is not well formulated, reiterative or suggestions to combine items
  3. c Inappropriate: statements that the item was inappropriate
  4. d Relative: statements that the symptom or problem asked in the item depend of patient’s diagnosis
  5. e Not important: statements that the item was not important in palliative care
  6. f Difficult: the item was seen has difficult to understand
  7. Patients: Pts., health care professionals: HCPs
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