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Citation:  Krause, James S.; Rumrill, Phillip; Dismuke-Greer, Clara E.; Jarnecke, Melinda (2018). Quality employment outcomes after multiple sclerosis: A comparison of participants from a specialty hospital and the National MS Society. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48 (2), 177-186.
Title:  Quality employment outcomes after multiple sclerosis: A comparison of participants from a specialty hospital and the National MS Society
Authors:  Krause, James S.; Rumrill, Phillip; Dismuke-Greer, Clara E.; Jarnecke, Melinda
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180931
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Employment is of great importance to adult life and the onset of a disabling condition presents significant challenges to maintaining employment or obtaining new employment. Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) typically occurs during the most active years of employment.
Purpose:  To identify employment status, earnings, and job satisfaction of participants with MS and to compare these findings with that from a study of the National MS Society (NMSS).
Data collection and analysis:  Data were collected via mailed and web self-report assessment.
Findings:  We found an overall employment rate of 44.6%. This was higher than the rate observed in the NMSS study (39.3%). Among those who were employed, the majority of participants were in the two lowest earning categories (less than $25,000?=?23.1%; $25,000–49,999?=?24.3%). Education was highly related to employment. For race/ethnicity, the highest employment rate was observed for non-Hispanic white participants (48.19%), followed by Hispanic (44.68%) and non-Hispanic blacks (35.9%).
Conclusions:  MS is related to diminishing employment outcomes that may affect participation and quality of life.

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis