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Table 5 Differences in SWAL-QOL dimensions between assessments at baseline and at 5 years after free flap surgery for cancer of the head and neck

From: Quality of life in head and neck cancer patients at 5 years after free flap reconstruction: a significant decline during the follow-up

  5-year value Baseline Difference P value
Burden 66.6 (31.5) 68.0 (34.2) − 1.4 (− 19.5 to 16.6) 0.870
Eating duration 41.3 (23.6) 36.5 (31.2) 4.8 (− 11.5 to 21.1) 0.550
Eating desire 76.1 (24.5) 81.7 (23.9) − 5.6 (− 19.5 to 8.3) 0.412
Symptom frequency 69.2 (21.0) 75.7 (15.1) − 6.6 (− 17.2 to 4.1) 0.215
Food selection 69.3 (31.0) 75.7 (15.1) − 10.2 (− 25.9 to 5.5) 0.191
Communication 94.6 (21.0) 74.0 (23.1) − 12.4 (− 26.2 to 1.3) 0.075
Fear of eating 87.5 (18.3) 91.3 (13.2) − 6.7 (− 16.6 to 3.0) 0.169
Mental health 74.5 (30.3) 80.6 (24.8) − 6.1 (− 22.7 to 10.4) 0.451
Social eating 70.0 (39.3) 77.6 (26.8) − 7.6 (− 26.8 to 11.6) 0.422
Fatigue 69.0 (24.9) 80.7 (17.1) − 11.7 (− 19.3 to − 4.0) 0.005
Sleep 64.5 (26.1) 72.5 (29.1) − 8.0 (− 26.5 to 10.6) 0.385
SWAL-QOL total 66.3 (22.0) 76.8 (17.2) − 10.57 (− 22.9 to 1.7) 0.088