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Table 3 Use of salaried services, informal care and of other types of services in people with MS, categorized with respect to presence or absence of depressive symptoms and with regard to disease severity; number of people receiving the services during 30 months

From: Use of health services in people with multiple sclerosis with and without depressive symptoms: a two-year prospective study

Type of service, users (%) EDSS mild EDSS moderate EDSS severe
Depressive symptoms n = 39 No depressive symptoms n = 72 p value Depressive symptoms n = 16 No depressive symptoms n = 14 p value Depressive symptoms n = 16 No depressive symptoms n = 16 p value
Personal assistance 2 (5) 0 0.12 2 (12) 0 0.48 6 (38) 7 (44) 0.72
Home help service 1 (3) 0 0.35 2 (12) 4 (29) 0.38 8 (50) 6 (38) 0.48
Informal care 35 (90) 6 (8) 0.02 14 (88) 13 (93) 0.62 16 (100) 14 (88) 0.48
Intense rehabilitation period 11 (28) 8 (11) 0.02 13 (81) 8 (57) 0.15 12 (75) 13 (81) 0.67
Transportation service for the disabled 8 (20) 6 (8) 0.06 15 (94) 10 (71) 0.10 16 (100) 16 (100) 1.00