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Table 2 Symptom: frequency (ranked by proportion of patients with the symptom in the patient-doctor agreement study)

From: A self administered reliable questionnaire to assess lower bowel symptoms

  Patient-Doctor Study Patient-Patient Study
  Patient Doctor Patient (first questionnaire)
  Symptom present % Symptom present % Symptom present %
PR Bleeding 55 45 54 44 53 38
Abdominal pain 53 45 48 40 69 50
Change Bowel Habit 52 43 50 41 65 46
Fatigue 39 34 39 32 47 34
Urgency 45 41 37 32 50 37
Incomplete Evacuation 42 38 32 27 60 44
Anal pain* 15 26 13 21 19 26
Weight loss 18 16 21 17 21 15
Anal lump 23 20 14 11 17 12
Mucus 14 12 18 15 21 15
Anaemia 9 8 7 6 17 12
Abdominal lump 7 6 3 2 6 4
  1. Notes: For the patient-doctor agreement study, n = 122 except for missing responses (maximum 8) or where indicated by asterisk; for patient-patient study n = 141, except for missing responses (maximum 7) or where indicated by asterisk.
  2. *for the patient-doctor study: n = 61 (based only on the second phase questionnaire) except for missing responses (maximum 4); for patient-patient study, n = 73 (based only on the second phase questionnaire) except for missing responses (maximum 1)