The employment concerns of Americans with multiple sclerosis: Perspectives from a national sample

Phillip D. Rumrill, Richard T. Roessler, Jian Li, Katherine Daly, Mykal Leslie

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The recent rehabilitation literature does not include a thorough assessment of the employment concerns of people with MS. OBJECTIVE: This article presents descriptive findings from a national survey of the employment concerns of Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS; N= 1,924), representing nine chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. METHODS: Respondents were asked to evaluate 38 employment concerns items on two dimensions, importance and satisfaction, for the purpose of identifying strengths and weaknesses in the employment policies and practices affecting the labor force participation of people with MS. RESULTS: Results revealed a total of 32 employment strengths and six employment weaknesses. CONCLUSIONS:In spite of a jobless rate of more than 60 percent, people withMSwere satisfied with the majority of employment concerns. Implications of these findings for rehabilitation policy and service delivery are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-748
Number of pages14
JournalWork
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Career development
  • Chronic illness
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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