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Table 1 Descriptive demographic and baseline characteristics of participants

From: One year follow-up of a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a group-based fatigue management programme (FACETS) for people with multiple sclerosis

  FMP (n = 84) CLP (n = 80)
Gender [n (%)]   
▪ Female 61 (73%) 58 (73%)
▪ Male 23 (27%) 22 (28%)
Age (years)   
Mean (S.D.) 48.0 (10.2) 50.1 (9.1)
Range 23-73 28-70
Ethnicity [n (%)]   
▪ White English 68 (85%) 69 (92%)
▪ White British 7 (9%) 5 (7%)
▪ Other 5 (6%) 1 (1%)
▪ Not stated 4 5
Disease type (self-reported) [n (%)]   
▪ Benign 4 (5%) 2 (3%)
▪ Relapsing-remitting 35 (43%) 40 (51%)
▪ Secondary progressive 16 (20%) 23 (29%)
▪ Primary progressive 5 (6%) 8 (10%)
▪ Participant states “Don’t know” 21 (26%) 5 (6%)
▪ Not stated 3 2
APDDS score (Adapted Patient Determined Disease Steps) [n (%)]   
▪ 3 or less (No limitations on walking) 18 (22%) 15 (19%)
▪ 4 or 5 (MS interferes with walking) 37 (46%) 42 (54%)
▪ 6 or more (At min., needs stick/crutch to walk 100 m) 26 (32%) 21 (27%)
▪ Not stated 3 2
Level of education [n (%)]   
Highest qualification achieved:   
▪ No qualifications 8 (10%) 8 (10%)
▪ One or more GCSE (or equiv.) 36 (46%) 29 (38%)
▪ One or more A level (or equiv.) 10 (13%) 12 (16%)
▪ First degree (or equiv.) 16 (20%) 19 (25%)
▪ Higher degree/professional qualification 9 (11%) 8 (11%)
▪ Not stated 5 4
Employment status [n (%)]   
▪ In full time employment (>30 hours per week) 15 (18%) 11 (14%)
▪ In part-time employment (≤30 hours per week) 11 (14%) 13 (17%)
▪ Self-employed 4 (5%) 4 (5%)
▪ Not in paid employment (unemployed, in education, retired, looking after home) 51 (63%) 50 (64%)
▪ Not stated 3 2
Marital status [n (%)]   
▪ Married/cohabiting 63 (78%) 54 (71%)
▪ Single 5 (6%) 7 (9%)
▪ Separated/divorced 9 (11%) 14 (18%)
▪ Widowed 4 (5%) 1 (1%)
▪ Not stated 3 4
Years since diagnosis [n (%)]   
▪ <1 yr 2 (3%) 4 (5%)
▪ 1–5 yrs 32 (40%) 21 (27%)
▪ 6–10 yrs 13 (16%) 19 (24%)
▪ 11–15 yrs 21 (26%) 12 (15%)
▪ ≥16 yrs 12 (15%) 22 (28%)
▪ Not stated 4 2
  1. Percentages rounded to nearest integer and, thus, might not sum exactly to 100%.
  2. CLP, current local practice; FACETS, Fatigue: Applying Cognitive behavioural and Energy effectiveness Techniques to lifeStyle; GCSE, General Certificate of Secondary Education; MS, multiple sclerosis.