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Table 2 Attitudes related to the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (Adapted from Bainbridge et al. [10]; N = 40 (total and by specific group in %)

From: Attitudes of oncologists towards palliative care and the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) at an Ontario cancer center in Canada

  Percent agreed (%) Lower 95 % CI (%) Upper 95 % CI (%) p value
The ESAS enhances patient care 74.4 58.9 85.4 0.35
 Medical oncologists 82.4 59.0 93.8  
 Radiation oncologists 60.0 35.7 80.2  
 Generalists 85.7 48.7 99.3  
Using ESAS improves the efficiency of the meeting with the patient 59.0 43.4 72.9 0.30
 Medical oncologists 52.9 31.0 73.8  
 Radiation oncologists 53.3 30.1 75.2  
 Generalists 85.7 48.7 99.3  
Using ESAS enhances your assessment of a patient’s symptom severity 84.6 70.3 92.8 0.85
 Medical oncologists 88.2 65.7 96.7  
 Radiation oncologists 80.0 54.8 93.0  
 Generalists 85.7 48.7 99.3  
Using ESAS helps patients articulate their symptom issues 82.1 67.3 91.0 0.41
 Medical oncologists 82.4 59.0 93.8  
 Radiation oncologists 73.3 48.0 89.1  
 Generalists 100.0 64.6 100.0  
The ESAS provides information on symptoms you routinely inquire about 82.5 68.1 91.3 1.00
 Medical oncologists 82.4 59.0 93.8  
 Radiation oncologists 81.3 57.0 93.4  
 Generalists 85.7 48.7 99.3  
Do you find reviewing the paper version of ESAS scores (i.e., only that day’s scores are available) to be useful in clinical decision making? 50.0 35.2 64.8 0.84
 Medical oncologists 52.9 31.0 73.8  
 Radiation oncologists 43.8 23.1 66.8  
 Generalists 57.1 25.0 84.2  
Do you find reviewing the electronic version of ESAS scores (i.e., histogram of past scores are available) to be useful in clinical decision making? 59.5 43.5 73.7 0.17
 Medical oncologists 76.5 52.7 90.4  
 Radiation oncologists 42.9 21.4 67.4  
 Generalists 50.0 18.8 81.2  
Do you find the ESAS useful during follow-up of a patient who had a past symptom issue? 70.0 54.6 81.9 0.08
 Medical oncologists 88.2 65.7 96.7  
 Radiation oncologists 56.3 33.2 76.9  
 Generalists 57.1 25.0 84.2  
How often do you have to change the ESAS score reported because patients often misinterpret the questions? 23.7 13.0 39.2 0.79
 Medical oncologists 18.8 6.6 43.0  
 Radiation oncologists 26.7 10.9 52.0  
 Generalists 28.6 8.2 64.1  
How often do you reinforce to patients the importance of regularly completing the ESAS? 15.4 7.2 29.7 0.00
 Medical oncologists 5.9 0.3 27.0  
 Radiation oncologists 6.3 0.3 28.3  
 Generalists 66.7 30.0 90.3  
In your opinion, does every patient seen in the clinic should have an ESAS assessment at every visit? 43.6 29.3 59.0 0.00
 Medical oncologists 64.7 41.3 82.7  
 Radiation oncologists 6.3 0.3 28.3  
 Generalists 83.3 43.6 99.1