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The Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire


Honan, CA and Brown, RF and Hine, DW and Vowels, L and Wollin, JA and Simmons, RD and Pollard, JD, The Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire, Multiple Sclerosis, 18, (6) pp. 871-80. ISSN 1352-4585 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1352458511431724


BACKGROUND: A better understanding of the workplace difficulties experienced by people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) may be critical to developing appropriate vocational and rehabilitative programs.

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the factor structure, internal consistency and validity of the new Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire (MSWDQ).

METHODS: Work difficulty items were developed and reviewed by a panel of experts. Using the MSWDQ, cross-sectional self-report data of work difficulties were obtained in addition to employment status and MS disease information, in a community-based sample of 189 PwMS.

RESULTS: Exploratory Maximum Likelihood Factor Analysis on the draft questionnaire yielded 50 items measuring 12 factors. Subscale internal consistencies ranged from 0.74 to 0.92, indicating adequate to excellent internal consistency reliability. The MSWDQ explained 40% of the variance in reduced work hours since diagnosis, 40% of the variance in expectations about withdrawing from work, 34% of the variance in expectations about reducing work hours, and 39% of the variance in expectations about changing type of work due to MS.

CONCLUSION: The MSWDQ is a valid and internally reliable measure of workplace difficulties in PwMS. Physical difficulties, as well as cognitive and psychological difficulties were important predictors of workplace outcomes and expectations about future employment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)
ID Code:104548
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2015-11-16
Last Modified:2018-02-05

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