In The Know: "Work Capability and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis"
Do you have multiple sclerosis (MS)? Do you wonder how fatigue and other symptoms of MS will affect your ability to work, as well as the quality of your life? Gullvi Flensner, Anne-Marie Landtblom, Olle Söderhamn and Anna-Christina Ek address these questions in their article, "Work capacity and health-related quality of life among individuals with multiple sclerosis reduced by fatigue: a cross-sectional study."
Flensner and the other researchers studied both men and women with MS in Sweden. The 257 participants filled out surveys about symptoms related to MS and the researchers found that fatigue is one of the most significant and limiting symptoms of MS. They concluded that people with MS who are working experience less fatigue than those who are not. The study also noted that people with MS with a high level of education were more likely to work longer than their counterparts who had MS but less education.
From the study, researchers identified that men are more likely to self-identify as being able to work compared with women who had the same severity of MS and the same level of education. Additionally, researchers found that the participants who were more heat sensitive were more likely to have problems with memory, attention and concentration and were less likely to be working.
The study concludes that MS participants who were working had a higher quality of life.
In the Know is a bi-weekly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.