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Table 1 Sample socio-demographic characteristics and fatigue severity scale-7 mean scores

From: Can the Fatigue Severity Scale 7-item version be used across different patient populations as a generic fatigue measure - a comparative study using a Rasch model approach

Socio-demographic variables MS N = 224 (Group A) Stroke N = 104 (Group B) HIV/AIDS N = 316 (Group C) Significant differences between groups (p < 0.05)
Age: years (M ± SD)* 46.5 ± 12.4 68.0 ± 12.8 45.1 ± 8.4 A,C < B
Range 20 – 75 29 – 91 22 – 77  
Years since diagnosis (M ± SD)* 14 (10) 1 (0.1) 12 (7) A,C > B
Range 0 – 44 1 – 1 0 – 27  
Gender: n (%)     
  Women 149 (68) 41 (39) 77 (24) A > B > C
  Men (75 (32) 63 (61) 216 (69)  
Transgender    23 (7)  
Living with partner: n (%) 152 (69) 70 (67) 109 (35) A,C > B
In paid work: n (%) 97 (43) 25 (24) 42 (13) A > B > C
FSS-7 (M ± SD)* 4.7 ± 1.7 3.9 ± 1.6 3.8 ± 1.7 A > B,C
Range 1.0 – 7.0 1.0 – 7.0 1.0 – 7.0  
  1. *(Mean ± Standard Deviation).
  2. Transgender was not included in the analysis of differences between groups with regard to gender.