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Mult Scler. 2014 Jan;20(1):116-9. doi: 10.1177/1352458513494492. Epub 2013 Jul 10.

Negative work events and accommodations in employed multiple sclerosis patients.

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Department of Neurology, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, USA.


Work disability is common in multiple sclerosis (MS) and cognitive disorder discriminates disabled from employed patients. Our goal was to develop and validate an online vocational status monitoring tool measuring negative work events and use of accommodations. We enrolled 52 employed patients completing an online survey and a clinical examination including tests of motor function, cognitive abilities, and depression. The survey recorded a wide range of reported work problems. Regression models predicting negative work events, and use of accommodations, retained measures of ambulation, cognition, and depression. These data provide preliminary support for the validity of online vocational monitoring in MS.


Multiple sclerosis; cognitive impairment; disability; work capacity

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