Table 3 Distribution of variables according to time on the waiting list for all 42 patients scheduled for incisional/ventral hernia repair

From: Prioritization criteria of patients on scheduled waiting lists for abdominal wall hernia surgery: a cross-sectional study

Variables Time on the waiting list
 ≤ 3 months (n = 14) 4–6 months (n = 8)  > 6 to 12 months (n = 20) P value
Sex, men/women 10/4 2/6 15/5 0.039
Age, years, men (SD*) 68.9 (8.6) 63.1 (11.8) 60.1 (13.8) 0.126
Body mass index, kg/m2, mean (SD) 26.8 (3.5) 26.4 (2.3) 27.6 (2.6) 0.480
Severity     
 EQ-5D VAS, mean (SD) 81.3 (17.1) 58.3 (28.5) 71.9 (18.6) 0.224
 Preference-based index, mean (SD) 0.74 (0.24) 0.51 (0.30) 0.78 (0.22) 0.106
 HerQLes score, mean (SD) 75.1 (15.2) 52.2 (23.0) 65.1 (19.1) 0.094
Priority     
 Hernia complexity     0.970
  Simple 3 (21.4) 3 (37.5) 4 (20)  
  Moderate 3 (21.4) 1 (12.5) 4 (20)  
  Complex 8 (57.1) 4 (50) 12 (60)  
mFI index score, mean (SD) 0.14 (0.11) 0.11 (0.13) 0.11 (0.11) 0.682
Use of analgesics, mean (SD) 1.27 (0.64) 2.17 (0.98) 1 (0) 0.001
  1. SD standard deviation, EQ-5D EuroQol-5D, VAS visual analogue scale, HerQLes Hernia-Related Quality-of-Life Survey, mFI modified frailty index
  2. Data expressed as frequencies and percentages in parenthesis unless otherwise stated