Table 2

Participants in relation to capacity to work or non capacity to work
Capacity to work (n = 153) Non capacity to work (n = 103) P-value
Fatigue, FSS, range 1-7
 - Mean (SD) 4.2 (1.6) 5.3 (1.4)  < 0.001
Heat- sensitivity, n
 - Yes, n = 148 (%) 77 (52) 71 (48)
 - No, n = 108 (%) 76 (70) 32 (30)  0.004
Cognitive dysfunction, PDQ, range, 0-80
 - Mean (SD) 24.2 (13.5) 30.0 (16.2)  0.002
Education
 - Compulsory and secondary school, n (%) 86 (57) 81 (79)
 - University, n (%) 66 (43) 22 (21)  < 0.001
Emotional distress, HAD,
 - Anxiety (HAD), range 0–21, Md (IQR) 3 (6) 6 (7)  0.303
 - Depressed (HAD), range 0–21, Md (IQR) 3 (4) 4 (6)  0.002
Disability
 - Normal neurological status (EDSS = 0), n (%) 25 (92) 2 (8)
 - Mild disability (EDSS 1.0 – 3.5), n (%) 113 (72) 44 (28)  < 0.001
 - Moderate disability (EDSS 4.0 – 5.5), n (%) 9 (31) 20 (69)
 - Severe disability (EDSS 6.0-6.5), n (%) 6 (14) 37 (86)
Medication
 - No pharmacological treatment, n (%) 23 (15) 30 (29)  0.007
 - Pharmacological treatment, n (%) 129 (85) 73 (71)
Immune-modulating treatment
 - Yes, n (%) 109 (71) 36 (35)  < 0.001
 - No, n (%) 44 (29) 63 (65)

Capacity to work (full- or part-time) or non capacity to work described in relation to fatigue (FSS), heat-sensitivity, cognitive dysfunction (PDQ), educational level, anxiety and emotional distress (HAD), and disability (EDSS).

FSS = Fatigue Severity Scale;

PDQ = Perceived Disability Questionnaire;

HAD = Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale;

EDSS = Expanded Disability Status Scale;

Missing value, n = 1.

Flensner et al.

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

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