Table 1

Sample characteristics
Women (n = 196) Men (n = 61) P-value
Age, years Mean (SD) 48.2 (11) 44.8 (10) 0.033
Civil status, n (%)
 Married/cohabitant, n 141(72) 44 (72) 0.959
 Living alone, n 55 (28) 17 (28)
Education, n (%)
 Lower: Compulsory – Secondary school 123 (63) 45 (70) 0.125
 Higher: After secondary school – University 72 (37) 16 (30)
 Missing data 1
Occupation
 Working, full- or part-time, n (%) 106 (54) 47 (77) 0.005
 Not working, n (%) 89 (46) 14 (23)
 Missing data 1
Course of the disease, n (%)
 Relapsing – remitting (RR) 140 (71) 47 (77) 0.389
 Progressive (PP + SP) 56 (29) 14 (23)
Disease severity, n (%)
 No neurological signs, EDSS = 0 20 (10) 7 (11) 0.560
 Mild, 1.0 ≤ EDSS ≤ 3.5 119 (61) 38 (62)
 Moderate, 4.0 ≤ EDSS ≤ 5.5 21 (11) 9 (15)
 Severe, 6.0 ≤ EDSS ≤ 6.5 36 (18) 7 (11)
Medication
 No pharmacological treatment, n (%) 45 (23) 9 (15) 0.164
 Pharmacological treatment, n (%) 150 (77) 52 (85)
Immune-modulating treatment
 Yes, n (%) 103 (53) 41 (67) 0.828
 No, n (%) 93 (47) 20 (33)

Characteristics of participants (n = 257).

Flensner et al.

Flensner et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:224   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-224

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