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Table 3 Patients attending the Rapid Diagnostic Clinic (RDC): demographics and referral symptoms

From: Setting up a rapid diagnostic clinic for patients with vague symptoms of cancer: a mixed method process evaluation study

Demographics Patients attending RDC
(N = 574)
Age at appointment
 Mean (SD) 68.0 (14.2)
 Median (IQR) 71 (60, 79)
Sex, n (%)
 Female 331 (57.7)
 Male 243 (42.3)
Referral symptoms
 Number of symptoms on referral letter, n (%)
  0 1 (0.2)
  1 203 (35.4)
  2 196 (34.1)
  3 111 (19.3)
  4+ 63 (11.0)
 Symptom type, n (%) [N = 1198]
  Weight loss 438 (36.6)
  Fatigue 153 (12.8)
  Lack of appetite 113 (9.4)
  Unexpected lab result 80 (6.7)
  Abdominal pain 74 (6.2)
  Nausea 60 (5.0)
  Anaemia 55 (4.6)
  Shortness of breath 30 (2.5)
  Other 195 (16.3)
  1. RDC Rapid Diagnostic Clinic, SD Standard Deviation, IQR Interquartile Range