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Title: Employment among multiple sclerosis patients in Hong Kong
Authors: Lau, KK
Lau, AYL
Lau, KM
Au, A 
Chan, I
Fong, WC
Tsoi, TH
Ng, PW
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: ASEAN Neurological Association
Source: Neurology Asia, 2016, v. 21, no. 2, p. 161-167 How to cite?
Journal: Neurology Asia 
Abstract: Objective: Employment is important for patients with chronic illness, and to remain employed is a robust support to them. This study aimed to examine the employment rate and to identify factors associated with employment among multiple sclerosis (MS) in Hong Kong.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed from 2010 to 2011 at five major public hospitals. Fifty-nine clinical definite MS patients with no evidence of dementia (Mini-Mental State Examination ≥ 22) were recruited. Demographic data and neuropsychological test results including memory, visual perception, psychological well-being, motor, executive domain and processing speed were collected. Principal component analysis and logistic regression with multiple imputation were used in data analyses.
Results: The employment rate among MS patients was 56%. Patients with better cognitive functions were more likely to be employed (p=0.002). No significant association was found between employment status and age, gender, level of education, types of MS, disease duration, frequency of relapse or use of interferon.
Conclusion: MS patients had high unemployment rate (44%) which was 11.5 times higher than the general population in Hong Kong. MS patients with better cognitive functions had higher employment rates.
ISSN: 1823-6138
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