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Citation:  Moore, P., Harding, K.E., Clarkson, H., Pickersgill, T.P., Wardle, M., and Robertson, N.P. (2013). Demographic and clinical factors associated with changes in employment in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 29 (12), 1647-1654.
Title:  Demographic and clinical factors associated with changes in employment in multiple sclerosis
Authors:  Moore, P., Harding, K.E., Clarkson, H., Pickersgill, T.P., Wardle, M., and Robertson, N.P.
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  Multiple Sclerosis Journal
Publisher:  Sage journals
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/1352458513481396
Full text:  https://doi.org/10.1177/1352458513481396    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a common disability that affects mostly young adults. It often has a long-term impact on a person's employment prospects and social life, as well as their emotional well-being.
Purpose:  The goal of the study was to investigate factors of MS as well as demographic factors that affect the employment of a person with MS.
Setting:  The study took place in Cardiff, UK, at the University Hospital of Wales..
Study sample:  The patients with MS at the hospital were the main study sample, and it consisted of over 3000 patients. 221 of the 566 individuals who were contacted. sent their questionnaires in.
Data collection and analysis:  The hospital gave information on the patients with permission, and were given questionnaires to supplement the data.
Findings:  Out of the 89 individuals who were diagnosed while they were employed, 45% experienced no change in their job. Other experienced differences in the hours worked or the physical aspects of their job. Those with lower levels of disability were more likely to remain in employment, as were those with more education.
Conclusions:  The study shows employment should not just be a dichotomous variable, and should be measured by other aspects, like part time and full time employment, and hours worked. The study also highlights potential barriers to employment for a person with MS.

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis