Supporting People with Multiple Sclerosis in Employment: a United Kingdom Survey of Current Practice and Experience

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Abstract:

This paper reports on one section of a larger project, which examined employment issues from the perspectives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the professionals who may support them in retaining or regaining employment. The aims of the study were, first, to explore the knowledge and experience of MS specialists, occupational therapists and disability employment advisers of employment and MS and, second, to identify the current practice of professionals supporting people with MS in work. A postal questionnaire was used to elicit a wide range of responses.

The results showed that the impact of MS on employment was well understood, but that there was less awareness of the wider social influences on the ability to retain employment. There was evidence of a range of support being offered by some participants, but there appeared to be a gap between the problems reported and interventions offered overall.

There is a need for further research to develop effective interventions targeted at supporting people with MS in work, which will underpin the implementation of Quality Requirement 6 of the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions.

Keywords: EMPLOYMENT; MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS; OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY; PRACTICE; VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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