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A Dutch validation study of the Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

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van Egmond, E and van Gorp, D and Honan, C and Heerings, M and Jongen, P and van der Klink, J and Reneman, M and Beenakker, E and Frequin, S and de Gans, K and Hengstman, G and Hoitsma, E and Mostert, J and Verhagen, W and Zemel, D and Middelkoop, H and Visser, L and van der Hiele, K, A Dutch validation study of the Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, Disability and Rehabilitation, November Article Epub ahead of print. ISSN 0963-8288 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1686072

Abstract

Purpose: The current study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Dutch version of the Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire-23 (MSWDQ-23).

Methods: Two hundred and thirty-nine employed persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) and 59 healthy controls completed the MSWDQ-23. To verify the factor structure, a confirmatory factor analysis was conducted. To assess construct validity, the MSWDQ-23 scores were correlated to measures of physical disability, fatigue, cognitive and neuropsychiatric problems, depression, health-related quality of life, and work-related variables. MSWDQ-23 scores were compared within different age groups, gender, education levels, and job types. Predictive validity was assessed using a logistic regression analysis to predict a deterioration in employment status after one year based on MSWDQ-23 scores.

Results: The internal consistency of the MSWDQ-23 was acceptable (α = 0.913, 95% CI = 0.897-0.928) and the results indicated a fair fit. The MSWDQ-23 showed acceptable construct validity, confirming 94% of the hypotheses. The total scale and the psychological/cognitive subscale were able to predict a deterioration in employment status after one year (χ2(1)=18.164, p < 0.001).

Conclusions: The Dutch version of the MSWDQ-23 is a valid and internally consistent instrument to measure self-reported work difficulties in persons with MS.Implications for rehabilitationThe Dutch version of the 23-item Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire (MSWDQ-23) is a reliable and valid tool to measure self-reported work difficulties in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).More psychological and cognitive work difficulties are predictive of a deteriorated employment status after one year.The MSWDQ-23 is a helpful tool for researchers and (occupational) health professionals to identify current work difficulties in persons with MS and identify persons at risk for a deterioration in employment one year later.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multiple sclerosis, employment status, surveys and questionnaires, validation studies, work
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Honan, C (Dr Cynthia Honan)
ID Code:137039
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-01-29
Last Modified:2020-05-22
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