Table 4 Distribution of variables according to time on the waiting list for all 50 patients scheduled for inguinal 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 = 19) 4–6 months (n = 19)  > 6 to 12 months (n = 12) P value
Sex, men/women 17/2 17/2 11/1 0.975
Age, years, men (SD) 73.5 (11.4) 65.5 (16.1) 63.2 (11.4) 0.070
Body mass index, kg/m2, mean (SD) 24.9 (3.5) 25.6 (3.3) 25.8 (3.2) 0.677
Severity     
 EQ-5D VAS, mean (SD) 61 (22.5) 73.1 (16.3) 82.9 (16.4) 0.025
 Preference-based index, mean (SD) 0.66 (0.27) 0.74 (0.25) 0.79 (0.26) 0.475
 COMI-hernia, mean (SD) 3.1 (0.85) 3.6 (1.17) 3.4 (1.88) 0.356
Priority     
 Hernia complexity     1.0
  Simple 10 (5.3) 10 (5.3) 11 (91.7)  
  Moderate 6 (31.6) 7 (36.8) 1 (8.3)  
  Complex 3 (15.8) 2 (10.5) 0  
mFI index score, mean (SD) 0.26 (0.10) 0.18 (0.16) 0.16 (0.15) 0.023
Use of analgesics, mean (SD) 1.33 (0.61) 1.50 (0.63) 1.10 (0.31) 0.190
  1. SD standard deviation, EQ-5D EuroQol-5D, VAS visual analogue scale, COMI Core Outcome Measures Index, mFI modified frailty index