Sunday, 25 November 2012

Update 20 - Survey Results Part 7

Minor delay between this and the last one due to a trip to Paris (business).  My one observation is that all hotels throughout the world now look the same and I'm sure the air is!

This is the last part of the results around the effects of treatments.  I tried to do some analysis based on gender and illness.  The tables below show the different results for Males & Females with either GBS or CIDP:


To see these results graphically, I have produced the following charts:

The above charts and the ones for CIDP below are shown as a percentage of the overall people who have recieved these treatments, so the scale is a percentage and not a number.  For the specific numbers, please refer to the tables at the top of this section.

What these show, along with the tables, is that the actual treatments with most effect on GBS are IVIG and Plasma.  Also the tables show that these are the two most recommended treatments as well.  Steroids do seem to have some effect, but less on Males than Females for GBS.  Immuno-suppresants appear high in the chart for Females, but this is due to only 3 samples being available, so this is too few to draw a reasonable conclusion from (in my opinion).

These again show IVIG as being potentially most successful, though Steroids do have a more major impact (especially for Females).  It also does seem that Immuno-suppresants are used much more with CIDP, though there success rate is questionable (again higher with Females).

Please note these are statistics produced from the survey and not specific recommendations to any one about treatments.  If I could I would love to examine the treatments recommended against location in the countries/world, but I do not have enough data to go on.

This concludes the treatments and their effectiveness based on the 350 completed surveys from August 2012. Next I'll be looking into the treatment periods and how people are coping.

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