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Table 3 Frequency of use of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS; N = 40)

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

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Does every patient at your clinic complete the ESAS?a
  Not at all Few Almost all Majority   
Total 1 2.6 % 1 2.6 % 19 48.7 % 18 46.2 %   
Medical oncologists 0 0.0 % 0 0.0 % 11 64.7 % 6 35.3 %   
Radiation oncologists 0 0.0 % 0 0.0 % 6 40.0 % 9 60.0 %   
Generalists 1 14.3 % 1 14.3 % 2 28.6 % 3 42.9 %   
Do you look at the ESAS when patients complete it?
  Never Rarely Occasionally Most of the time Always
Total 2 5.0 % 5 12.5 % 8 20.0 % 17 42.5 % 8 20.0 %
Medical oncologists 0 0.0 % 1 5.9 % 4 23.5 % 10 58.8 % 2 11.8 %
Radiation oncologists 1 6.3 % 3 18.8 % 4 25.0 % 6 37.5 % 2 12.5 %
Generalists 1 14.3 % 1 14.3 % 0 0.0 % 1 14.3 % 4 57.1 %
If you are provided with the ESAS, when do you prefer to review it?
  Before visit During visit After visit     
Total 22 59.5 % 15 40.5 % 0 0.0 %     
Medical oncologists 10 62.5 % 6 37.5 % 0 0.0 %     
Radiation oncologists 6 42.9 % 8 57.1 % 0 0.0 %     
Generalists 6 85.7 % 1 14.3 % 0 0.0 %     
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Consider percentage that answered “almost all” or “majority”
  Count N Percent that completed ESAS Lower 95 % CI Upper 95 % CI      
Total 37 39 94.9 % 83.1 % 98.6 %      
Medical oncologists 17 17 100.0 % 81.6 % 100.0 %      
Radiation oncologists 15 15 100.0 % 79.6 % 100.0 %      
Generalists 5 7 71.4 % 35.9 % 91.8 %      
  Consider percentage that answered “most of the time” or “always”      
  Count N Percent that consulted ESAS Lower 95 % CI Upper 95 % CI      
Total 25 40 62.5 % 47.0 % 75.8 %      
Medical Oncologist 12 17 70.6 % 46.9 % 86.7 %      
Radiation Oncologist 8 16 50.0 % 28.0 % 72.0 %      
Generalists 5 7 71.4 % 35.9 % 91.8 %      
  Consider percentage that reviewed the ESAS before patient visit      
  Count N Percent reviewed before visit Lower 95 % CI Upper 95 % CI      
Total 22 37 59.5 % 43.5 % 73.7 %      
Medical Oncologist 10 16 62.5 % 38.6 % 81.5 %      
Radiation Oncologist 6 14 42.9 % 21.4 % 67.4 %      
Generalists 6 7 86 % 49 % 99 %      
  1. MO medical oncologist, RO radiation oncologist, GPO general practitioner in oncology
  2. aOne person did not respond to this question