Please help to find a correct adjective for summing up varying 9-year temporal trends.

I examined 9-year temporal trends of certain patients' care. For assessing these trends, multiple indicators had to be measured. The results showed varied trends:

  1. we detected increased access to services (a positive thing) but half still had no access at the end of the observed period (the change was clearly insufficient);
  2. inequality in the division of health care resources increased (a negative thing);
  3. regional disparities persisted or even increased (both are negative things).

Thus, we found one small positive trend and multiple negative ones. The situation is clearly worrisome and urgent improvements are needed. What would be a good adjective for describing such trends?

Diverse temporal trends

Varying temporal trends

Omnidirectional temporal trends

  • Could you explain why you are using the adjective "temporal"? There appears to be no reference to time.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 4, 2021 at 15:28
  • Sorry, I edited the OP - we analysed 9-year trends. Oct 4, 2021 at 15:31
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    This merely makes it worse: it is now tautologous. The use of the adjectival phrase "9-year" has to be "concerned with time". Therefore "temporal" should not be there. I examined 9-year temporal trends of certain patients' care. should be I examined the trends in certain patients' care over a period of nine years.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 4, 2021 at 15:33
  • 'We carried out research over 9 years to investigate how ... varied over time.' Oct 4, 2021 at 16:12
  • If you want to emphasize that they are generally negative, why not "generally adverse". If you want to emphasize that there are some positives mixed in, then "inconclusive". If I am headed in the right direction I'll make this into an answer.
    – Theodore
    Oct 4, 2021 at 16:46


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