The Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire

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Title The Multiple Sclerosis Work Difficulties Questionnaire
Author Honan, Cynthia A.; Brown, Rhonda F.; Hine, Donald W.; Vowels, Lindsay; Wollin, Judy Ann; Simmons, Rex D.; Pollard, John D.
Journal Name Multiple Sclerosis
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract 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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1352458511431724
Volume 18
Issue Number 6
Page from 871
Page to 880
ISSN 1352-4585
Date Accessioned 2012-04-26
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44754
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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