Journal article

Predictors of Change in Employment Status and Associations with Quality of Life: A Prospective International Study of People with Multiple Sclerosis

Claudia H Marck, Zoe Aitken, Steve Simpson, Tracey J Weiland, Anne Kavanagh, George A Jelinek

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose This prospective international study aimed to assess the changes in employment, and predictors thereof, and associated change in mental health quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods People with MS were recruited online through social media, forums and newsletters to complete an online English-language survey in 2012 and again in 2015, to assess changes in employment and clinical characteristics. Results 1276 people with MS of working age were included of whom 35.9% were employed full time, 25.6% part-time, 3.1% were unemployed and seeking employment, 19.7% were retired due to disability and 15.7% were not in the labour force. Part/full time employment decreas..

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