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Table 1 Subject demographic and clinical characteristics

From: The impact of regular physical activity on fatigue, depression and quality of life in persons with multiple sclerosis

  Exercisers
n = 52
Non-exercisers
n = 69
Total MS sample
n = 121
Age (yr) 50 ± 10 50 ± 11 50 ± 10
Sex (% male) 23.1 15.9 19.0
Disease duration (yr) 12 ± 8 11 ± 8 12 ± 8
Disease Steps Score (%)    
0 15.4 8.7 11.6
1 26.9 24.6 25.6
2 17.3 13.0 14.9
3 5.8 11.6 9.1
4 19.2 17.4 18.2
5 11.5 11.6 11.6
6 3.8 13.0 9.1
MSIS-29 61 ± 18** 77 ± 26 70 ± 24
Disease Course (%)*    
Relapsing-remitting 51.9 55.1 53.7
Secondary progressive 23.1 13.0 17.4
Primary progressive 1.9 17.4 10.7
Progressive relapsing 0.0 4.3 2.5
Unknown 23.1 10.1 15.7
  1. Results are presented as mean ± standard deviation unless otherwise indicated. MSIS-29: Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale-29. ** Exercisers significantly different to Non-exercisers, p < 0.001. * Exercises significantly different to Non-exercisers, p < 0.05.