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Table 9 Patient’s symptoms and experience on the gynae ward on day 1

From: Comparing the experience of enhanced recovery programme for gynaecological patients undergoing laparoscopic versus open gynaecological surgery: a prospective study

Variable Procedure Significance
Laparoscopy (N = 74) Open (N = 70)
Have you taken tablets for pain relief?
 No 4 (5.4%) 0 p = 0.058
 Yes 61 (82.4%) 66 (94.3%)
 Missing data 9 (12.2%) 4 (5.7%)
Pain control
 Not at all 13 (17.6%) 0  
 Mild 31 (41.9%) 18 (25.7%) p = 0.000 *
 Moderate 22 (29.7%) 38 (54.3%)  
 Severe 0 9 (12.9%)
 Missing data 8 (10.8%) 5 (7.1%)
Sickness control
 Not at all 51 (68.9%) 31 (44.2%)  
 Occasionally 10 (13.5%) 20 (28.6%) p = 0.003 *
 Most of the time 4 (5.4%) 13 (18.6%)
 Severe 3 (4.1%) 3 (4.3%)
 Missing data 6 (8.1%) 3 (4.3%)
Tiredness
 Not at all 8 (10.8%) 2 (2.9%)  
 Occasionally 33 (44.6%) 33 (47.1%) p = 0.158
 Most of the time 17 (23.0%) 25 (35.7%)
 Extremely 7 (9.4%) 6 (8.6%)
 Missing data 9 (12.2%) 4 (5.7%)
Are you confident to mobilise?
 Not at all 3 (4.1%) 14 (20.0%)  
 Occasionally 10 (13.5%) 27 (38.6%) p = 0.000 *
 Most of the time 20 (27.0%) 18 (25.7%)  
 Completely 29 (39.2%) 6 (8.6%)
 Missing data 12 (16.2%) 5 (7.1%)
Are you confident to go home?
 Not at all 11 (14.9%) 40 (57.1%)  
 Occasionally 8 (10.8%) 13 (18.5%) p = 0.000 *
 Most of the time 7 (9.4%) 9 (12.9%)  
 Completely 39 (52.7%) 6 (8.6%)
 Missing data 9 (12.2%) 2 (2.9%)
  1. *The above table shows there was better pain and nausea control in the laparoscopic group. In addition, the laparoscopic group was more able to dress independently and was more confident in mobilising and going home. However, the laparotomy group was more compliant with their breathing exercises