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Table 1 Survey participants – size of the centers (in patients per year) their multiple sclerosis (MS) specialization and proportion of MS patients using outpatient compared to inpatient services

From: The organisation of physiotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis across Europe: a multicentre questionnaire survey

Region Countries [N] Centers asked for participation [N] Centers participating [N] Response rate [%] MS inpatients [median (IQR)] MS outpatients [median (IQR)] Total inpatients [median (IQR)] Total outpatients [median (IQR)] MS ratio [median (IQR)] MS inpatient ratio [median (IQR)]
Europe 23 193 72 37 28 (99) 30 (106) 300 (998) 375 (1906) 0.11 (0.47) 0.33 (0.88)
East 3 37 9 24 12 (20) 10 (0) 450 (610) 750 (800) 0.03 (0.06) 0.50 (0.98)
North 7 64 23 36 35 (90) 35 (120) 220 (952) 155 (2124) 0.16 (0.41) 0.42 (0.98)
South 9 70 28 40 20 (70) 48 (124) 300 (976) 500 (1908) 0.11 (0.76) 0.30 (0.64)
West 4 22 12 55 65 (132) 30 (112) 300 (990) 500 (1162) 0.10 (0.36) 0.14 (0.86)
Region Country Centers asked for participation [N] Centers participating [N] Response rate [%] MS inpatients [median (IQR)] MS outpatients [median (IQR)] Total inpatients [median (IQR)] Total outpatients [median (IQR)] MS ratio [median (IQR)] MS inpatient ratio [median (IQR)]
East Czech Republic 20 7 35 10 (14) 10 (5) 400 (1265) 852 (725) 0.01 (0.03) 0.33 (0.75)
Poland 13 1 8 560 (0) 10 (0) 610 (0) 750 (0) 0.42 (0.00) 0.98 (0.00)
Romania 4 1 25 200 (0) 150 (0) 450 (0) 200 (0) 0.54 (0.00) 0.57 (0.00)
North Denmark 2 1 50 900 (0) 0 (0) 900 (0) 0 (0) 1.00 (0.00) 1.00 (0.00)
Estonia 3 3 100 60 (105) 250 (248) 1100 (750) 6000 (10625) 0.02 (0.05) 0.33 (0.35)
Finland 5 1 20 730 (0) 67 (0) 1300 (0) 71 (0) 0.58 (0.00) 0.92 (0.00)
Ireland 10 4 40 0 (6) 38 (28) 0 (62) 228 (286) 0.14 (0.07) n.a.
Norway 16 8 50 54 (82) 0 (22) 285 (416) 65 (991) 0.23 (0.45) 1.00 (0.41)
Sweden 12 5 42 24 (95) 140 (150) 95 (95) 900 (5345) 0.17 (0.43) 0.05 (1.00)
United Kingdom 16 1 6 35 (0) 80 (0) 120 (0) 160 (0) 0.41 (0.00) 0.30 (0.00)
South Croatia 6 3 50 185 (72) 28 (498) 1100 (1225) 2000 (2195) 0.04 (0.23) 0.87 (0.38)
FYROM 6 2 33 16 (4) 12 (8) 1020 (980) 4045 (3955) 0.06 (0.05) 0.64 (0.14)
Greece 6 2 33 65 (15) 165 (135) 775 (425) 1150 (50) 0.14 (0.11) 0.42 (0.21)
Italy 4 4 100 40 (22) 36 (497) 100 (453) 93 (4975) 0.10 (0.22) 0.50 (0.24)
Portugal 16 5 31 0 (1) 15 (43) 54 (456) 350 (1720) 0.02 (0.05) 0.00 (0.01)
Serbia 7 4 57 90 (160) 50 (15) 885 (2048) 4500 (7125) 0.01 (0.05) 0.71 (0.20)
Slovenia 5 1 20 100 (0) 1800 (0) 150 (0) 2000 (0) 0.88 (0.00) 0.05 (0.00)
Spain 20 6 30 0 (2) 49 (76) 0 (5) 54 (102) 0.85 (0.10) 0. (0.04)
Turkey 7 1 14 100 (0) 200 (0) 1000 (0) 300 (0) 0.23 (0.00) 0.33 (0.00)
West Belgium 7 5 71 70 (55) 50 (133) 430 (880) 300 (475) 0.19 (0.9) 0.45 (0.78)
France 8 1 13       
Germany 6 2 33 475 (325) 5 (5) 1275 (25) 75 (75) 0.38 (0.26) 0.97 (0.03)
Netherlands 4 4 100 2 (6) 65 (120) 100 (225) 1250 (2750) 0.04 (0.02) 0.02 (0.06)
  1. N number, MS multiple sclerosis, IQR interquartile range
  2. MS inpatients = median (IQR) number of MS patients per year the participating centers take care of on inpatient basis in the given region/country
  3. MS outpatients = median (IQR) number of MS patients per year the participating centers take care of on outpatient basis in the given region/country
  4. Total inpatients = median (IQR) number of all type patients per year the participating centers take care of on inpatient basis in the given region/country
  5. Total outpatients = median (IQR) number of all type patients per year the participating centers take care of on outpatient basis in the given region/country
  6. MS outpatients = median (IQR) number of MS patients the participating centers in the given region/country take care of on outpatient basis
  7. MS ratio: median (IQR) accros region/country of ratio of MS patients to total number of patients calculated for each center separately (range from 0 – center not specialized in MS to 1 - center fully specialized in MS). No statistically significant difference between regions (Kruskal-Wallis test; p = 0.166)
  8. MS inpatient ratio: median (IQR) accros region/country of ratio of patients in inpatient care to total care offered to MS patients (range from 0 – center provides outpatient care only to 1 – center provides outpatient care only). No statistically significant difference between regions (Kruskal-Wallis test; p = 0.541)