Table 2.

Comparison of MSAS-SF subscales and number of symptoms, at baseline and in the month before death for those who died (n = 49)

MSAS-SF subscaleMeanSDMedianRangePaired t Test (P)
Global distress index (average of frequency of four psychological symptoms and the distress associated with six physical symptoms)Baseline1.290.551.320.00 to 2.60t = 8.75 (P < 0.001)
Month before death1.980.512.100.26 to 2.72
Physical symptom subscale (average of distress associated with 12 physical symptoms)Baseline1.000.531.000.07 to 2.33t = 8.02 (P < 0.001)
Month before death1.540.541.730.13 to 2.40
Psychological symptom subscale (average frequency for six psychological symptoms)Baseline0.950.640.900.00 to 2.60t = 5.77 (P < 0.001)
Month before death1.560.491.600.17 to 2.40
Total number of symptoms from MSAS-SF (maximum = 32)Baseline12.644.44123 to 22t = 6.30 (P < 0.001)
Month before death16.864.0116.56 to 27
Total MSAS score (average of symptom scores for all 32 MSAS-SF symptoms)Baseline0.830.390.780.10 to 1.76t = 8.57 (P < 0.001)
Month before death1.300.401.340.38 to 2.06
  • MSAS-SF, Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale–Short Form.