Barriers to and facilitators of employment among americans with multiple sclerosis: Results of a qualitative focus group study

Matthew Bogenschutz, Katherine J. Inge, Phillip D. Rumrill, Pamelia Cato Hinterlong, Hannah E. Seward

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Abstract

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are known to face a multitude of challenges in the workplace and when seeking employment. Less has been written, however, about the subjective experiences of people with MS regarding their workforce participation. This study used phone-administered focus groups to investigate work-related experiences of a national sample of individuals with MS. Using a conventional qualitative content analysis approach, the researchers derived a set of three core themes, each with subordinate sub-themes. The three core themes were: (a) facing future uncertainty, (b) feeling a sense of loss, and (c) navigating the workplace. Findings are discussed within the context of existing literature.Grant: The authors are grateful for the efforts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the World Institute on Disability (WID), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and the.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume82
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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