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Research Article

Methodology of an International Study of People with Multiple Sclerosis Recruited through Web 2.0 Platforms: Demographics, Lifestyle, and Disease Characteristics

Table 3

Characteristics of the study sample.

Characteristic Number (%)
(unless otherwise stated)

Gender
 Male413/2318 (17.8)
 Female1905/2318 (82.2)
Age in 2012 (years)
 18–29 124/2443 (5.1)
 30–39 621/2443 (25.4)
 40–49 794/2443 (32.5)
 50–59 656/2443 (26.9)
 60–69231/2443 (9.5)
 >7017/2443 (0.7)
Country of location
 USA827/2518 (32.9)
 Australia649/2518 (25.8)
 UK416/2518 (16.5)
 NZ216/2518 (8.6)
 Canada107/2518 (4.2)
 Other*303/2518 (12.2)
Country of birth
 USA790/2510 (31.5)
 Australia518/2510 (20.6)
 UK502/2510 (20.0)
 NZ174/2510 (6.9)
 Canada111/2510 (4.4)
 Other415/2510 (16.5)
Marital status
 Married1511/2475 (61.1)
 Single359/2475 (14.5)
 Cohabitating/partnered313/2475 (12.6)
 Separated/divorced262/2475 (10.6)
 Widowed30/2475 (1.2)
Family status
 No children767/2477 (31.0)
 One or more biological children1644/2466 (66.7)
 One or more step children239/2466 (9.7)
 No. of children, median (IQR)2 (0–2)
Employment status
 Employed full time807/2508 (32.2)
 Employed part time526/2508 (21.0)
 Stay at home parent/carer191/2508 (7.6)
 Student full time57/2508 (2.3)
 Unemployed203/2508 (8.1)
 Retired due to age79/2508 (3.1)
 Retired due to medical reasons or disability588/2508 (23.4)
 Other57/2508 (2.3)
Education status
 No formal schooling3/2504 (0.1)
 Primary school55/2504 (2.2)
 Secondary school570/2504 (22.8)
 Vocational training405/2504 (16.2)
 Bachelor’s degree897/2504 (35.8)
 Postgraduate degree574/2504 (22.9)

Includes 72 other countries.
Includes 52 other countries.
Includes biological and step children.
Collapsed from unemployed: seeking work/not seeking work.

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