Multiple sclerosis and employment barriers: A systemic perspective on diagnosis and intervention

Richard T. Roessler, Phillip D. Rumrill

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Abstract

Although they have a recent work history, 70 to 80% of adults with multiple sclerosis are unemployed following their diagnosis. This high rate of unemployment constitutes a great loss of potential to the American economy. To help individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) return to work or retain employment, rehabilitation professionals must understand the barriers resulting in unemployment and implement interventions to reduce or remove those concerns. In this article, Hershenson's systemic model of rehabilitation counseling is presented as a diagnostic scheme for identifying barriers to employment. Counselor consultation on barrier removal via reasonable accommodation is presented as one example of a rehabilitation intervention consistent with the systemic diagnostic model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalWork
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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