Medical, pyschological, social, and programmatic barriers to employment for people with multiple sclerosis.

TitleMedical, pyschological, social, and programmatic barriers to employment for people with multiple sclerosis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
2004
AuthorsJohnson KL, Amtmann D, Yorkston KM, Klasner ER, Kuehn CM
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume70
Issue1
Pagination38-49
2004137484
*Employment of Disabled, *Multiple Sclerosis, Attitude to Illness, Bowel and Bladder Management, Cognition Disorders, Communicative Disorders, Depression, Employment Status/td [Trends], Fatigue, Health, Health Policy, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Insurance, Job Accommodation, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis/co [Complications], Multiple Sclerosis/dt [Drug Therapy], Multiple Sclerosis/ec [Economics], Multiple Sclerosis/pf [Psychosocial Factors], Multiple Sclerosis/th [Therapy], Muscle Spasticity, Outcomes Research, Pain, Physical Mobility, Rehabilitation, Temperature, Vocational, Wellness, Yes

The literature was reviewed to identify variables that contribute or serve as barriers to employment for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The underlying pathology and progression of MS was described along with the new trends in medical management that have changed the course of the disease. We concluded that employment is associated with perceived quality of life for people living with MS, that people with MS are disproportionately unemployed given their educational and vocational histories, and that health care and rehabilitation professionals may not adequately advocate for and support continuing employment for their clients with MS.

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