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Table 1 Clinical and demographic characteristics of the sample

From: Development and assessment of a website presenting evidence-based information for people with multiple sclerosis: the IN-DEEP project

  People with MS Family members of people with MS Other Overall
(276) (68) (89) (433)
n. (%) n. (%) n. (%) n. (%)
Diagnosis     
 Primary progressive 12 (5) 3 (7) - 15 (5)
 Secondary progressive 32 (13) 13 (31) - 45 (16)
 Relapsing remitting 203 (82) 26 (62) - 229 (79)
 Missing data 29 26 - 55
Duration of disease from onset of symptoms (years)     
 Mean ± SD 9 ± 8 9 ± 9 - 9 ± 8
 Median (range) 7 (0–32) 6 (0–32) - 6 (0–32)
 Missing data 0 4 - 4
Sex     
 Female 192 (70) 48 (71) 63 (71) 303 (70)
 Male 84 (30) 20 (29) 26 (29) 130 (30)
Age (years)     
 Mean ± SD 43 ± 11 45 ± 12 49 ± 13 45 ± 12
 Median (range) 43 (2072) 45 (21–72) 50 (23–76) 45 (20–76)
Area of residence     
 Northern Italy 138 (50) 42 (62) 58 (66) 238 (55)
 Central Italy 72 (26) 22 (16) 15 (17) 98 (23)
 South and islands 65 (24) 15 (22) 15 (17) 95 (22)
 Missing data 1 0 1 2
Size of places of residence     
  < 5000 inhabitants 49 (18) 16 (24) 10 (11) 75 (17)
 5000–50,000 inhabitants 116 (42) 22 (32) 23 (26) 161 (37)
 50,000–100,000 inhabitants 30 (11) 14 (21) 7 (8) 51 (12)
 100,000–500,000 inhabitants 42 (15) 5 (7) 13 (15) 60 (14)
  > 500,000 inhabitants 38 (14) 11 (16) 35 (40) 84 (19)
 Missing data 1 0 1 2
Education     
 Primary school diploma 2 (1) 2 (3) 1 (1) 5 (1)
 Middle school diploma 30 (11) 10 (15) 14 (16) 54 (12)
 High school diploma or higher 244 (88) 56 (82) 74 (83) 374 (87)
Employment     
 Employed 185 (67) 50 (74) 48 (54) 283 (65)
 Retired 33 (12) 9 (13) 26 (29) 68 (16)
 Student 10 (4) 1 (1) 2 (2) 13 (3)
 Homemaker 22 (8) 1 (1) 8 (9) 31 (7)
 Unemployed looking for work 26 (9) 7 (10) 5 (6) 38 (9)
  1. Abbreviations: MS multiple sclerosis