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Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients : A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample

Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients : A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample

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GAISSMAIER, Wolfgang, Helge GIESE, Mirta GALESIC, Rocio GARCIA-RETAMERO, Juergen KASPER, Ingo KLEITER, Sven G. MEUTH, Sascha KÖPKE, Christoph HEESEN, 2017. Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients : A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample. In: Patient Education and Counseling. ISSN 0738-3991. eISSN 1873-5134. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.018

@article{Gaissmaier2017-07Numer-39833, title={Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients : A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample}, year={2017}, doi={10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.018}, issn={0738-3991}, journal={Patient Education and Counseling}, author={Gaissmaier, Wolfgang and Giese, Helge and Galesic, Mirta and Garcia-Retamero, Rocio and Kasper, Juergen and Kleiter, Ingo and Meuth, Sven G. and Köpke, Sascha and Heesen, Christoph} }

Gaissmaier, Wolfgang Kleiter, Ingo Giese, Helge Kasper, Juergen 2017-07 Meuth, Sven G. Giese, Helge 2017-08-10T12:02:17Z Kasper, Juergen Garcia-Retamero, Rocio Gaissmaier, Wolfgang Garcia-Retamero, Rocio Heesen, Christoph Köpke, Sascha Objective<br />A shared decision-making approach is suggested for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. To properly evaluate benefits and risks of different treatment options accordingly, MS patients require sufficient numeracy - the ability to understand quantitative information. It is unknown whether MS affects numeracy. Therefore, we investigated whether patients' numeracy was impaired compared to a probabilistic national sample.<br /><br />Methods<br />As part of the larger prospective, observational, multicenter study PERCEPT, we assessed numeracy for a clinical study sample of German MS patients (N = 725) with a standard test and compared them to a German probabilistic sample (N = 1001), controlling for age, sex, and education. Within patients, we assessed whether disease variables (disease duration, disability, annual relapse rate, cognitive impairment) predicted numeracy beyond these demographics.<br /><br />Results<br />MS patients showed a comparable level of numeracy as the probabilistic national sample (68.9% vs. 68.5% correct answers, P = 0.831). In both samples, numeracy was higher for men and the highly educated. Disease variables did not predict numeracy beyond demographics within patients, and predictability was generally low.<br /><br />Conclusion<br />This sample of MS patients understood quantitative information on the same level as the general population.<br /><br />Practice implications<br />There is no reason to withhold quantitative information from MS patients. eng Meuth, Sven G. 2017-08-10T12:02:17Z Heesen, Christoph Galesic, Mirta Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients : A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample Galesic, Mirta Köpke, Sascha Kleiter, Ingo

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