Table 1

Demographic information at baseline for both groups

Intervention (n=19)Control (n=21)
Demographic data
 Age (years)41±1146±8
 Women14 (74%)16 (76%)
 BMI (kg/m2)26±725±6
s Treatment naïve7/19 (37%)6/21 (29%)
Medications
 Antidepressants/anxiolytic66
 Anti-convalescents/anti-spastics36
 Sedating analgesic01
 Other sedating27
 Other (excluding DMTs)2524
Smokers0 (0%)2 (10%)
Uses assistive device2 (11%)6 (29%)
Reported food allergy2 (11%)2 (10%)
Reported food intolerance6 (32%)5 (24%)
Reported taking special diet4 (21%)2 (10%)
Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) Total5±25±3
Barthel Index (BI) total20±219±8
Physical Activity for the Elderly (PASE) total90±32102±31
  • Values are presented as mean±SD, or total number of people in () considering the percentage of the total sample population. FSS and Barthel Index totals are reported as medians±ranges. An independent t-test was used to compare means for age, BMI and PASE. A Mann-Witney U test was used to compare medians for FSS and BI for non-parametric measures to determine differences between the intervention groups. A χ2 test was used to compare means for nominal data. There were no significant differences between groups for any baseline measures (p>0.05).

  • BMI, body mass index; DMTs, disease modifying treatments.