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Citation:  Julian, L., Vella, L., Vollmer, T., Hadjimichael, O., & Mohr, D. (2008). Employment in multiple sclerosis: Exiting and re-entering the work force. Journal of Neurology, 225 (9), 1354-60.
Title:  Employment in multiple sclerosis: Exiting and re-entering the work force
Authors:  Julian, L., Vella, L., Vollmer, T., Hadjimichael, O., & Mohr, D.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Neurology
Publisher:  Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-008-0910-y.
Full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18677639   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Database mining

Structured abstract:

Background:  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is often associated with high economic costs. The onset is typically during prime working years and in addition to the medical costs there is the additional cost of lost work as unemployment rates of individuals with MS are typically high.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to explore various patient and MS related characteristics that are associated with work loss and also re-entry into the workforce.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of 8,867 individuals living with MS that were studied either cross sectionally or longitudinally.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected through a national database of individuals living with MS. Multivariable logistic regressions were used to determine the impacts of the various characteristics on unemployment and return to employment.
Findings:  Unemployed participants were more likely to have a more progressive disease and had lived with the disease longer. Increased symptoms increased the odds of being unemployed over time.
Conclusions:  These findings support the importance of disease management for the employment prospects of individuals with MS.

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis