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Table 1 The Patient's experience preoperatively.

From: Preoperative mechanical preparation of the colon: the patient's experience

Question Answer alternatives
Describe your appetite the week before surgery? Very good/Good/Fairly good/Fairly poor/Poor/Very poor
Did your diet change during the days prior to surgery? Ate more than normal/Did not change/Ate less than normal
Were you able to complete your bowel preparation? Yes, completely/to some extent
If you had difficulty in completing bowel preparation – which were the two most important reasons? Free text
How would you describe your experience of your preoperative preparation? 0–10 on a Numerical Rating Scale where 0 = not difficult at all and 10 = extremely difficult
Did you experience pain from the abdomen/bowel the day before surgery? 0–10 on a Numerical Rating Scale where 0 = no pain and 10 = worst conceivable pain
Did you experience discomfort in the abdomen/bowel the day before surgery? 0–10 on a Numerical Rating Scale where 0 = no discomfort and 10 = worst conceivable discomfort
Did you experience hunger the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Very much
Did you feel tired the day before surgery Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you experience a sense of fullness the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Very much
Did you experience nausea the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you experience abdominal distension the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you experience anxiety the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you feel sick the day before surgery? Not at all/Quite a lot
Did you experience sleeping disturbance the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you experience disturbance in your daily routine the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much/Very much
Did you experience extensive sweating the day before surgery? Not at all/A little/Quite a lot/Much
How many times did you visit the toilet the day before surgery? None/1–2/3–4/5–6/7–8/9–10/10 or more
If you had bowel preparation, did you need assistance? No assistance/Assistance from a relative/Assistance from hospital staff/assistance from other person
Could You consider the same preoperative preparation again? Absolutely/Possibly/Absolutely not