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Table 1 Differences in psychosocial consequences of false-positive mammography in women who had different waiting times until cancer exclusion

From: Waiting time and the psychosocial consequences of false-positive mammography: cohort study

Time until cancer is ruled out Time of assessment
Before meeting with the doctor After cancer had been ruled out
0 months 1 month 6 months 18 months 36 months
  Crude average psychosocial consequences Estimate (95% confidence interval)
0 days 22.78 9.63 7.26 5.41 6.46
(n = 179) (19.14 to 26.42) (7.46 to 11.80) (5.02 to 9.50) (3.68 to 7.14) (4.18 to 8.74)
1-30 days 27.65 12.87 8.61 7.57 4.17
(n = 46) (18.51 to 36.79) (6.18 to 19.55) (3.03 to 14.19) (2.10 to 13.03) (1.20 to 7.15)
31-120-days 20.14 5.93 5.56 3.86 5.37
(n = 36) (13.14 to 27.15) (1.56 to 10.29) (2.16 to 8.95) (0.65 to 7.06) (0 to 11.41)
>120 days 21.00 9.29 1.00 9.20 2.44
(n = 11) (4.76 to 37.24) (3.24 to 15.33) (0 to 2.96) (0 to 23.38) (0.59 to 4.30)
  Adjusted average difference compared with women who waited 0 days* Estimate (95% confidence interval)
1-30 days 2.23 0.42 −1.71 −0.08 −2.67
  (-6.43 to 10.9) (-4.39 to 5.23) (-5.8 to 2.37) (-3.83 to 3.67) (-7.3 to 1.95)
31-120-days −4.44 −3.90 −1.93 −1.35 −1.58
  (-13.38 to 4.51) (-10.7 to 2.9) (-6.88 to 3.03) (-5.72 to 3.02) (-7.12 to 3.96)
>120 days −1.90 −0.14 −5.75 3.59 −3.67
  (-15.81 to 12) (-9.75 to 9.46) (-16.69 to 5.19) (-4.82 to 12.01) (-11.77 to 4.42)
  1. *Positive values mean that psychosocial consequences were worse for women needing to wait longer, compared with women that had cancer excluded in the same day. The difference was adjusted for age, social class, employment, and whether the woman lived alone. The lower bound of the confidence interval was truncated at 0 since this was the lowest possible score.