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Table 1 Demographic and background characteristics

From: Economic costs incurred by the patients with multiple sclerosis at different levels of the disease: a cross-sectional study in Northwest Iran

Variable Category Frequency Percentage
Age Childhood and adolescence (under 20 years) 14 4.67
Youth (20–35 years) 128 42.67
Middle age (35–60 years) 156 52.00
Elderly (over 60 years) 2 0.66
Gender Male 96 32.00
Female 204 68.00
Mean age at first symptoms Under 20 years 67 22.33
20–29 years 122 40.67
30–39 years 92 30.67
40–50 years 19 6.33
Years of illness 1–5 years 96 32.00
6–10 years 90 30.00
11–15 years 53 17.67
More than 15 years 61 20.33
Marriage status Single 99 33.00
Married 188 62.67
Divorced and spouse died 13 4.33
Education Illiterate 15 5.00
Diploma and lower 157 52.33
B.Sc.a 103 34.33
M.Sc.b 20 6.67
Ph.D.c 5 1.67
Employment Employed (public or private sector) 27 9.00
Self employed 10 3.33
Student 22 7.33
Housewife 152 50.67
Retired 11 3.67
Unemployed 24 8.00
Other 54 18.00
Basic medical insurance 300 100
 Insurance type Social Welfare (TamineEjtemaei) 193 64.34
Health Services (Khadamatdarmani) 73 24.33
Other (Armed Forces, Banks, etc.) 34 11.33
Supplementary medical insurance 105 35
 Locality Tabriz 254 84.37
Other cities 46 15.33
  1. aBachelor of Sciences
  2. bMaster of Sciences
  3. cPhilosephy Doctor