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Citation:  Phillips, L. J., & Stuifbergen, A. K. (2006). Predicting continued employment in persons with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation, 72 (1), 35-43.
Title:  Predicting continued employment in persons with multiple sclerosis
Authors:  Phillips, L. J., & Stuifbergen, A. K.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Rehabilitation
Publisher:  National Rehabilitation Association
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often have mobility disorders, cognitive dysfunction, and other physical impairments. These cause them to have a much lower rate of continuing employment as the symptoms worsen.
Purpose:  The goal of the study was to research how employment changed for people who were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and how it was affected by that person's demographics.
Setting:  The data was gathered from people in 2 chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Southwestern United States.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of 176 employed people with MS who were younger than 55 at the beginning of the study.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected and surveyed over 5 years in a longitudinal study via a battery of questionnaires. Once collected, the data was analyzed using standard statistical analysis to find significant variables in the data.
Findings:  It was found that health-promoting behaviors in people with MS accounted for approximately 10% of the variance in the work status of different people with MS.
Conclusions:  Finding and understanding more about workplace relations is important to developing future interventions for people with MS to have a gainful and productive employment.

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis