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What is 'Early intervention' for work related difficulties for people with multiple sclerosis?: a case study report

Sweetland, Joanne; Playford, Diane E.; Radford, Kathryn A.

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Joanne Sweetland

Diane E. Playford



Abstract

Background: Employment matters and at diagnosis most people with multiple sclerosis are in full time work or education. 75% of people with multiple sclerosis report the condition has impacted on this employment or career opportunities. Early intervention to support people in work is advocated for in the literature. This paper starts the journey of exploring what is meant by early.
Methods: A randomized control trial was undertaken offering either occupational therapy led early intervention or usual care to people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within one year. Two cases were purposively selected from the treatment group and used to illustrate the importance as well as the nature of early intervention.
Results: Both participants received occupational therapy led support which included fatigue management, advice about legal rights, support accessing services such as Access to Work, and support with disclosure in the workplace.
Conclusions: Neither of the participants had reported any work problems at the point of referral. However the clinical intervention led to the identification of small concerns and worries. The education and support offered to these two participants alleviated these worries. Early support and education to enable people with multiple sclerosis to manage their condition in the work place can have a positive impact. This may equip them better for the journey ahead.

Citation

Sweetland, J., Playford, D. E., & Radford, K. A. (2014). What is 'Early intervention' for work related difficulties for people with multiple sclerosis?: a case study report. Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology, 5(6), https://doi.org/10.4172/2155-9562.1000252

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 25, 2014
Publication Date Nov 30, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 12, 2017
Journal Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology
Electronic ISSN 2155-9562
Publisher OMICS International
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 6
DOI https://doi.org/10.4172/2155-9562.1000252
Keywords Multiple sclerosis; Vocational rehabilitation; Case study
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39802
Publisher URL https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/what-is-early-intervention-for-work-related-difficulties-for-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-case-study-report-2155-9562-5-1000252.php?aid=35446
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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