Employment


 

It is common for people with MS to give up work, reduce working hours or become unproductive, often because the burden of physical disability, cognitive difficulties, fatigue or depression becomes too heavy [1,2].

In the BENEFIT-15 study, 66.3% of patients continued to work compared with 74.7% at baseline. Over 80% of those employed continued to work 20 hours or more per week [3].

 

The data compare favorably with recent evaluations among patients with MS:

  • A survey of 4,590 German MS patients of working age reported an employment/self-employment rate of 51%. These patients had a shorter average disease duration [4]
  • Another review of 1,727 MS patients in New Zealand with similar age and disease duration as the BENEFIT 15 population found that more than half (54%) were unemployed [5]

 

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Employment status remained largely stable for the majority of patients in the BENEFIT study [3] and compared favorably with two other evaluations of MS patients [4,5]

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