Table 2

Patient characteristics at entry to the study

CharacteristicRopinirole (n = 146)Placebo (n = 138)
Values are mean (SD) unless stated otherwise.
*One patient had a baseline IRLS total score of 14 despite an entry criterion of ⩾15.
†Patients with a score of ⩾4 on the CGI “severity of illness” scale are considered to be moderately ill or worse.
CGI, clinical global impression; IRLS, international restless legs scale.
Age (years)54.0 (11.1)56.2 (11.2)
    Range (years)30 to 7828 to 77
Women (n (%))88 (60.3)91 (65.9)
Age at onset of symptoms (years)37.6 (17.1)38.9 (16.4)
    Range (years)5 to 734 to 72
Duration of symptoms (years)16.4 (14.1)17.3 (14.9)
    Range (years)<1 to 60<1 to 61
Time of day when symptoms are mainly present (n (%)):
    Night-time only22 (15.1)18 (13.0)
    Evening and night-time109 (74.7)108 (78.3)
    Daytime, evening and night-time15 (10.3)12 (8.7)
IRLS total score at baseline24.4 (5.75)25.2 (5.63)
    Range14* to 4015 to 40
CGI “severity of illness” score of ⩾4† (n (%))126 (86.3)123 (89.1)