Journal article

Risk factors for leaving employment due to multiple sclerosis and changes in risk over the past decades: Using competing risk survival analysis

Jing Chen, Bruce Taylor, Leigh Blizzard, Steve Simpson-Yap, Andrew J Palmer, Andrea Kirk-Brown, Pieter Van Dijk, Ingrid van der Mei

Multiple Sclerosis Journal | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: No studies have assessed changes in employment survival in multiple sclerosis (MS) populations over recent decades, including the introduction of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate factors associated with leaving employment due to MS; to assess whether the risk of leaving employment has changed over recent decades in Australia, stratified by MS phenotype. METHODS: We included 1240 participants who were working before MS diagnosis. Information on employment status, reasons for leaving employment and year of leaving were collected. Data were analysed using competing risk survival analysis. RESULTS: Males, progressive MS, lower education level and older age ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.