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Table 3 Distribution of baseline characteristics among the patients across all the regions of KSA (n = 2507)

From: Rising prevalence of multiple sclerosis in Saudi Arabia, a descriptive study

VariableTotal (%)Western Region (%)Central Region (%)Eastern Region (%)Southern Region (%)Northern Region (%)
Gender
 Male839(33.5)125(33.3)287(33.3)325(32.9)59(34.1)43(39.4)
 Female1668(66.5)250(66.7)575(66.7)663(67.1)114(65.9)66(60.6)
Agea
 </=401941(77.5)728(73.8)698(81.0)294(78.4)137(79.2)84(77.1)
 > 40565(22.5)259(26.2)164(19.0)81(21.6)36(20.8)25(22.9)
Educationa
 Illiterate32(1.3)20(2.0)5(0.6)4(1.1)3(1.7)0(0.0)
 Primary235(9.4)106(9.4)68(7.9)27(7.2)21(12.1)13(11.9)
 High school798(31.9)284(28.8)257(30.0)166(44.5)53(30.6)38(34.9)
 University and above1434(57.4)577(58.5)527(61.5)176(47.2)96(55.5)58(53.2)
Occupationa
 Employed1040(41.6)380(38.5)382(44.6)155(41.4)72(41.6)51(47.2)
 Unemployed1203(48.2)516(52.3)363(42.4)189(50.6)82(47.4)53(49.1)
 Student56(10.2)91(9.2)112(13.1)30(8.0)19(11.0)4(3.7)
Marital statusa
 Single910(36.3)334(33.8)327(38.0)146(38.9)72(41.6)31(28.4)
 Divorced/widow (er)91(3.6)35(3.5)35(4.1)11(2.9)5(2.9)5(4.6)
 Married1504(60.0)619(62.7)498(57.9)218(58.1)96(55.5)498(57.9)
Education Materiala
 Given1963(86.9)742(93.8)645(77.9)355(95.7)126(76.8)95(89.6)
 Not Given297(13.1)49(6.2)183(22.1)16(4.3)38(23.2)11(10.4)
Age at 1st attack (Mean SD)27.82(8.86)28.50(9.39)27.29(8.22)26.93(8.81)27.54(8.81)29.50(8.64)
No of previous relapse (Mean SD)1.10(1.41)1.20(1.45)1.05(1.47)0.70(1.09)1.41(1.53)1.32(1.13)
  1. aIndicating missing data