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Return to work after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

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Professor Roshan dasNair and Dr Kate Radford
School / Division
Divisions of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, and Rehabilitation and Ageing
return to work Employment service developments complex interventions Multiple Sclerosis
Fee band
Low cost research
Date posted
November 2017

Project description

Maintaining paid work is a key issue for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is associated with significant economic burden and high rates of unemployment. The loss of employment brings detrimental consequences to patients, families, and wider society with respect to short-term and long-term economic, psychosocial and healthcare utilization domains. Studies suggest that up 80% of people with MS experience unemployment. There are many reasons as to why people with MS find themselves out of work. Longitudinal studies have found that self-efficacy is a key factor in maintaining work in MS.

We want to develop a vocational rehabilitation intervention which has self-efficacy skills as a key component, and we want to evaluate whether or not this intervention is effective in keeping people in employment, whether it improves quality of life, and whether it saves money from a societal perspective.

There are clear patient and government drivers for this study, because it relates to the interface between health, social care, and employment.

Available to Home/EU students/International students.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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