Table 4

Variation in prevalence of multiple sclerosis by socioeconomic status at postcode level

SIMD quintileNo of MS patients/total population in each SIMD quintile*Prevalence /100 000 (95% CI)OR (95% CI)
1 (Most deprived)29/28 277103 (65 to 140)1
2116/43 211268 (220 to 317)2.62 (2.07 to 3.99)
3120/48 271249 (204 to 293)2.43 (1.95 to 3.72)
4126/47 701264 (218 to 310)2.58 (2.04 to 3.93)
5 (Least deprived)193/79 125244 (210 to 278)2.38 (1.90 to 3.64)
  • * No SIMD score was available for six patients in Orkney.

  • SIMD, Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.