Table 3

Crude and age–gender standardised prevalence rates of multiple sclerosis in different areas for 2009 and 1980/84

RegionSex2009 Cases2009 Local population2009 Age–gender standardised prevalence per 100 000 (95% CI)2009 Crude prevalence per 100 000 (95% CI)1980s Cases1980s Crude prevalence per 100 000 (95% CI)Difference in prevalence from 1980s to 2009 per 100 000 (95% CI)p Value difference
OverallAll590248 102248 (229 to 269)238 (219 to 258)495201 (184 to 219)5 6 1037 (11 to 63)0.0005
AberdeenAll442205 446229 (208 to 250)215 (196 to 236)407200 (181 to 220)1015 (−13 to 43)0.28
Men130103 350134 (119 to 151)126 (105 to 149)N/A
Women312102 096318 (306 to 356)306 (273 to 341)N/A
OrkneyAll8220 000402 (319 to 500)410 (326 to 509)43224 (162 to 302)5186 (75 to 300)0.003
Men239897226 (165 to 302)232 (147 to 349)10
Women5910 103569 (481 to 698)584 (445 to 753)33
ShetlandAll6622 656295 (229 to 375)291 (225 to 371)45192 (140 to 257)699 (10 to 192)0.03
Men1711 524148 (102 to 207)148 (86 to 236)N/A
Women4911 132429 (367 to 547)440 (326 to 582)N/A
  • N/A, not available.