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Table 3 MSAS symptom burden score of older people who reported the symptom as present during the previous week

From: Symptom burden in community-dwelling older people with multimorbidity: a cross-sectional study

Symptom Number of patients who reported the symptom Symptom burden score (SD)
Pain 248 2.8 (0.68)
Lack of energy 191 2.7 (0.67)
Difficulty swallowing 53 2.7 (0.73)
"I don’t look like myself" 22 2.7 (1.03)
Difficulty sleeping 152 2.6 (0.70)
Problems with urination 103 2.6 (0.76)
Diarrhea 59 2.6 (0.78)
Numbness/tingling in hands/feet 175 2.5 (0.74)
Shortness of breath 146 2.5 (0.67)
Feeling sad 135 2.5 (0.72)
Feeling bloated 90 2.5 (0.65)
Constipation 79 2.5 (0.72)
Dry mouth 189 2.4 (0.74)
Dizziness 151 2.4 (0.79)
Worrying 135 2.4 (0.64)
Feeling nervous 102 2.4 (0.72)
Difficulty concentrating 75 2.4 (0.67)
Lack of appetite 67 2.4 (0.67)
Itching 114 2.3 (0.76)
Sweating 67 2.3 (0.80)
Mouth sores 41 2.3 (0.87)
Feeling drowsy 151 2.2 (0.66)
Cough 125 2.2 (0.66)
Nausea 51 2.2 (0.62)
Hair loss 19 2.2 (0.91)
Vomiting 14 2.2 (0.32)
Swelling of arms or legs 126 2.1 (0.80)
Feeling irritable 82 2.1 (0.72)
Change in the way food tastes 41 2.1 (0.76)
Weight loss 24 1.9 (0.97)
Changes in skin 97 1.8 (0.72)
  1. The MSAS symptom burden score is the mean score of the three dimensions: frequency, severity and distress.