Table 1

Participants’ characteristics

Participants’ characteristics (T1)Number (%)
Age (mean, SD)57.33 (9.13)
Gender: female16 (72.7)
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting15 (71.4)
 Single3 (14.3)
 Divorced/separated3 (14.3)
Time since initial diagnosis
 0–5 years5 (23.8)
 6–10 years3 (14.3)
 11–15 years3 (14.3)
 16–20 years2 (9.5)
 21+ years8 (38.1)
Time since SPMS diagnosis
 1 year4 (18.2)
 2 years3 (13.6)
 3 years3 (13.6)
 4 years4 (18.2)
 5 years7 (31.8)
Walking ability (with aid)
 0–5 m (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) 7–8)9 (42.8)
 20 m (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) 6.5)3 (14.3)
 100 m (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) 6)3 (14.3)
 200 m (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) 5)4 (18.2)
 500 m (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤4)1 (4.8)
 Unknown1 (4.8)
  • SPMS, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. EDSS, expanded disability status scale