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 .
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 
- 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 
Employment status remained largely stable for the majority of patients in the BENEFIT study  and compared favorably with two other evaluations of MS patients [4,5]
- Kobelt G et al. Mult Scler 2017; 23(2S): 4-16. Return to content
- Kobelt G et al. Mult Scler 2019; 25(5): 740-9. Return to content
- Kappos L et al. European Association of Neurology (EAN) Annual Meeting 2019, EPO2197. Return to content
- Flachenecker P et al. Mult Scler 2017; 23(2_suppl): 78-90. Return to content
- Pearson JF et al. Acta Neurol Scand 2017; 136(3): 223-32. Return to content