Table 2

Disability and distress in 41 patients with functional weakness and/or sensory symptoms at follow up compared with multiple sclerosis and local population reference range

SF-36 health status median scores (25th to 75th centile)
This study (n=41, median age 48)MS outpatients in Edinburgh5 (n=42, median age 41)Local population reference range6 (n=1661, median age 47)
All SF-36 scores range from 0 to 100; a lower score equates to poorer health status.
SF-36, short form 36-item health questionnaire.
Physical functioning55 (25 to 80)20 (0 to 90)95 (80 to 100)
Role physical0 (0 to 56)25 (0 to 100)100 (75 to 100)
Mental health64 (40 to 76)68 (4 to 96)80 (64 to 88)
Role emotional33 (0 to 100)100 (0 to 100)100 (100 to 100)
Social functioning56 (33 to 78)75 (0 to 100)100 (66 to 100)
Energy30 (15 to 40)35 (0 to 95)65 (45 to 75)
Pain33 (22 to 67)92 (0 to 100)84 (61 to 100)
General health40 (20 to 60)47 (10 to 90)77 (57 to 87)