Focus group perspectives on high-priority employment barriers facing Americans with multiple sclerosis

Richard T. Roessler, Phillip D. Rumrill, Rachel I. Timblin

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BACKGROUND: People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are known to face a multitude of challenges as they attempt to re-initiate or maintain their careers following onset of the disease. OBJECTIVE: Less is known, however, about the subjective experiences of people with MS regarding employment barriers. METHODS: Using the results of a larger national survey of the employment concerns of people with MS that was conducted in 2014-2015 as a basis for data collection, this qualitative study involved six focus groups comprising 20 people with MS and 27 MS service providers. RESULTS: Focus group participants offered subjective perspectives on and suggestions for addressing employment barriers that represented four major themes: understanding the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, on-the-job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reassignment as a job retention strategy, and disclosure of disability. CONCLUSION: Findings are discussed within the context of existing literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Multiple sclerosis
  • employment barriers
  • vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy


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