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Citation:  Inge, K. J., Rumrill, P. D., Cimera, R. E., Revell, W. G. (2016). Employment outcomes for individuals with multiple sclerosis: 2011-2013. Journal of Rehabilitation, 82 (4), 28-37.
Title:  Employment outcomes for individuals with multiple sclerosis: 2011-2013
Authors:  Inge, K. J., Rumrill, P. D., Cimera, R. E., Revell, W. G.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Rehabilitation
Publisher:  National Rehabilitation Association
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Database mining

Structured abstract:

Background:  When a person's case is closed in a vocational rehabilitation agency, it can have one of several outcomes, with the optimal outcome being successful rehabilitation, with the individual's employment plan being met (Status 26). However, they could also have closed due to lack of eligibility (Status 08), after being determined eligible but before creating an employment plan (Status 30), or after creating an employment plan, but without completing it (Status 28).
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to analyze data taken from the database of the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration's 911 Closure Report on all rehabilitation cases closed during the years of 2011-2013 for all cases closed in which the recipient had multiple sclerosis as their primary disability and had closure statuses 08, 30, 28, or 26.
Setting:  The data was taken from a national database which encompasses all vocational rehabilitation agencies funded by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Study sample:  The study sample consisted of any vocational rehabilitation cases which closed between 2011 and 2013 in which MS was listed as the primary disability, were between the ages of 25 and 64, and were closed with case code 08, 30, 28, or 26.
Findings:  It was found that around 63% of individuals whose cases closed had created an employment plan prior to their case closing. However, only 30% of all individuals who applied were closed with a successful employment. It was calculated that, over the surveyed years, over 7 millions dollars were spent on people whose cases were closed without successful employment.
Conclusions:  This study shows that more follow-up steps need to be taken in terms of ensuring that individuals with MS gain employment under the assistance of vocational rehabilitation specialists. Issues leading to job loss need to be resolved, and the people themselves need to be better informed of what their rights and benefits are under current disability law,

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition