Table 1

Sample characteristics

Total sample
n=150
Mild
EDSS 0–4.5
n=48
Moderate
EDSS 5.0–6.5
n=51
Severe
EDSS 7.0–9.5
n=51
Women (%):68606776
Age (y) (mean (SD) (range))44.6 (10.8) (24–78)41.4 (10.2) (24–68)45.4 (10.7) (24–78)47.1 (10.6) (24–73)
Disease pattern (%):
 Secondary progressive5027176
 Primary progressive1113812
 Relapsing remitting33662112
 Benign61900
Years since first symptoms (mean (SD) (range))14.6 (8.9) (0.6–43)12.3 (9.3) (2–41)15.7 (8.3) (0.6–40)16.0 (8.5) (1.4–43)
Years since diagnosis (mean (SD) (range))10.2 (7.6) (0.1–38)7.5 (7.8) (0.1–30)10.8 (7.2) (0.2–38)12.1 (7.2) (1.2–33)
Marital status (%):
 Married/cohabiting70836367
 Separated/divorced1141217
 Widowed2042
 Single, never married17132114
Employment status (%):
 Employed33602515
 Student or homemaker14151216
 Retired, age3442
 Retired, medical46135765
 Unemployed4822
Accommodation (%):
 Owner occupied75777870
 Rented (local authority)126622
 Rented (privately)66102
 Other (eg, residential unit)71166
Household: lives:
 Alone (%)1782318
 with spouse, family, or friend (%)79887380
 other (%)4 4 42