Employment as a health promotion intervention for persons with multiple sclerosis

Chung Yi Chiu, Fong Chan, Seneca Edward Sharp, Alo Dutta, Ellie Hartman, Jill Bezyak

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between employment status (no employment, part-time employment, and full-time employment) and functional disability, health-related quality of life, and life satisfaction of people with MS. METHODS: 157 individuals with MS completed a survey packet, including employment status, self-report disability severity, and health-related scales. A series of multivariate analysis of variance was performed to determine the differences between employment groups in health-related outcomes. RESULTS: The unemployed group had the highest levels of incapacity and social impairments among the three groups. They also had the lowest physical health-related quality of life and life satisfaction. The part-time employed group had the lowest levels of depression and higher levels of physical activity participation among the three groups of individuals with MS. CONCLUSIONS: Employment is significantly related to health-related quality of life, and as a result, it should be considered an important public health intervention for people with MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-756
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Chiu, C. Y., Chan, F., Sharp, S. E., Dutta, A., Hartman, E., & Bezyak, J. (2015). Employment as a health promotion intervention for persons with multiple sclerosis. Work, 52(4), 749-756. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152202