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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients at baseline (N = 79)

From: Quality of life measurements as an indicator for timing of support after oesophagectomy for cancer: a prospective study

  N %
Sex   
 Male 61 77.2
 Female 18 22.8
Age in years   
 Mean (standard deviation) 64.9 (8.7)  
 Median 64.5  
 Range 44.8-82.9  
Age groups   
 44.8-61.9 years 26 32.9
 62.0-68.6 years 27 34.2
 69.5-82.9 years 26 33.9
ASA classification*   
 1 13 16.5
 2 40 50.6
 3-4 20 25.3
 Missing 6 7.6
Result of randomisation   
 Control group (no treatment) 40 50.6
 Intervention group (treatment) 39 49.4
Anastomotic strictures   
 Yes 23 29.1
 No 56 70.9
  1. *American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification system: 1 = normal healthy patient; 2 = patient with mild systemic disease; 3 = patient with severe systemic disease; 4 = patient with severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life.