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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