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Table 6 MS impact (modification over time) on personal relationships

From: What do multiple sclerosis patients and their caregivers perceive as unmet needs?

Social relationship after diagnosis P CI 95% P CG CI 95% CG Chi quadro p value
Relationships with family  
Did not change 320 (64%) 60–69 118 (57%) 51–64 4,20 0,123
Improved 96 (20%) 16–23 42 (20%) 15–26   
Got worse 81 (16%) 13–20 46 (23%) 17–28   
Relationships with friends  
Did not change 367 (74%) 70–78 127 (62%) 55–68 10,41 0,005
Improved 54 (11%) 8–14 34 (16%) 11–22   
Got worse 76 (15%) 12–18 45 (22%) 16–27   
Relationships with partner (P) 462   206  
Did not change 272 (59%) 54–63 87 (42%) 35–49 16,34 0,001
Improved 87 (19%) 15–22 59 (29%) 22–35   
Got worse 103 (22%) 18–26 60 (29%) 23–35   
Relationships with colleagues at working (P) 365/497   206  
Did not change 168 (46%) 41–51 85 (41%) 35–48 22,77 0,001
Improved 16 (4%) 2–6 33 (16%) 11–21   
Got worse 181 (50%) 44–55 88 (43%) 36–49   
  1. CI: confidence interval, MS: multiple sclerosis, P: patients, CG: care giver.