Table 3

Median (95% CI) number of words pronounced during the focus groups severity

SeverityP value
StatusMild
Disease (subjects=20)
Intermediate Spinal
(subjects=8)
Intermediate Bulbar
(subjects=4)
Severe Disease (subjects=12)Total
(subjects=44)
Carers
(N=33)
205
(138 to 375); carers=12
378
(347 to 993); carers=5
1262
(574 to 1493); carers=4
624
(202 to 1575); carers=12
375
(247 to 993); carers=33
0.052*
0.015†
Patients
(N=11)
517
(154 to 1178); patients=8
1099
(82 to 1825); patients=3
551
(154 to 1178); patients=11
0.838‡
Total275
(160 to 551)
460
(316 to 1099)
P
(Mann-Whitney)
0.123§0.456§
P
(ANOVA by bootstrapping)
0.141 (status);
0.128 (disease burden);
0.890 (interaction)
  • *Kruskal-Wallis test, univariate, comparing severity within status.

  • †Jonckheere-Terpstra test, univariate, comparing severity within status, on the assumption of ordered response.

  • ‡Mann-Whitney U test, univariate, comparing severity within status.

  • §Mann-Whitney U test, univariate, comparing status within severity.

  • ANOVA, analysis of variance.