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Multiple Sclerosis and Work: Individual Factors Impacting Employment Status

Disability Management, Human Resources, Leadership
Free 1 Hour
September 8, 2022
It is well appreciated that there is a high rate of unemployment in MS, with rates ranging from 24% to 80%.

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This is in stark contrast to the fact that 90% to 96% of individuals with MS are employed prior to their diagnosis.  But, perhaps more striking is that the highest rates of unemployment are seen within the first 5 to 10 years following diagnosis. Given what we know about the negative physical and mental health consequences following unemployment and the benefits of being employed, it is imperative that we assist individuals with MS in staying employed and early intervention appears most warranted.

Learning Outcomes

More about the disease and person-specific factors that contribute to work difficulties for individuals with MS
About the physical and mental health outcomes associated with unemployment in the general population and among those with MS
More about what you can do to help stay in the workforce


Lauren Strober
Dr. Strober is a Senior Research Scientist at Kessler Foundation, Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers Stat University of New Jersey Medical School, and a clinical neuropsychologist. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to psychological well-being and quality of life (QOL) for those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the development of clinical interventions aimed at amerliorating the disease and person-specific factors found to account for detriments in functioning and well-being for those with MS.

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