Table 2

Sources of identification of the 1613 prevalent cases of multiple sclerosis in the combined Borders and Lothian study region

SourceMeans of initial identificationDiagnosis not assessed by review of medical or neurology records
n (%)n (%)
Department of neurology records1008  (62)
Hospital discharge diagnostic coding455 (28)69  (4)
General practitioner881 (55)271 (17)
Neurorehabilitation unit records40 (3)22 (1)
Disability services records73 (5)46 (3)