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Table 1 Main characteristics of the study’s sample of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients (N = 342)

From: Determinants of stigma in a cohort of hellenic patients suffering from multiple sclerosis: a cross-sectional study

Mean age ± SD (years old) (Min-Max) 43.06 ± 11.35 (17–69) EDSS   Mean duration of disease ± SD (in months) 147.02 ± 105.37 (12–516)
1. Median 3.0 (Min-Max)
 (Min-Max) (0–9.0)  
2. Subgroups   
 0–3.5 (%) 210 (61.4)  
 4–7 (%) 117 (34.2)  
 >7 (%) 2 (0.6)
 Missing (%) 13 (3.8)
Gender   Caregiver   Type of MS  
 Males (%) 111 (32.5) Yes (%) 198 (57.9) Relapsing-Remitting (%) 260 (75.8)
 Females (%) 231 (67.5) No (%) 144 (42.1) Primary Progressive (%) 17 (5.0)
Missing (%) 0 (0) Secondary Progressive (%) 54 (15.7)
Missing (%) 12 (3.5)
Marital status   Mean healthy lifestyle score ± SD 6.96 ± 2.13 Immunomodulatory drug  
 Married or living with someone (%) 193 (56.4) (Min-Max) (1–12) Yes (%) 227 (66.4)
 Unmarried or living alone (%) 142 (41.5)    No (%) 103 (30.1)
 Missing (%) 7 (2.1)    Missing (%) 12 (3.5)
Education   Presence of mental disorder   Family history of MS  
 Primary or Secondary (%) 178 (52.0) Yes (%) 125 (36.5) Yes (%) 46 (13.5)
 Tertiary (%) 155 (45.3) No (%) 217 (63.5) No (%) 286 (83.6)
 Missing (%) 9 (2.7) Missing (%) 0 (%) Missing (%) 10 (2.9)
Working status   Income per month   
 Working/student/pensioner (%) 60 (17.5) <500 (%) 18 (5.3) SD: standard deviation,
 Not Working (%) 273 (79.8) ≥500 (%) 204 (59.6) Min: minimum, Max: maximum,
 Missing (%) 9 (2.7) Missing (%) 120 (35.1) EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale