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Scott Med J. 1998 Apr;43(2):44-7.

Multiple sclerosis in Fife.

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Markinch Medical Centre, Fife.


Patients in Fife with multiple sclerosis were identified from three sources: a postal questionnaire to all general practices in Fife, hospital discharge data, rehabilitation service database. A total of 508 patients were identified in a population of 354,273 giving a crude prevalence rate of 143/100,000. The Standardised Prevalence Rate was 178/100,000. The sex ratio was 2.43 females to males. The prevalence was higher than identified in southern parts of the United Kingdom and similar to northern Scotland. A total of 200 (40%) cases were identified as having relapsing-remitting disease and of these 151 were ambulant, making them eligible for treatment with interferon beta-lb under current licensing criteria. Only 90 (60%) of the 151 currently eligible for the drug were under the care of a specialist and almost half the practices felt that they would change their referring habits. These factors may have implications for the workload of specialist clinics.

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