Compared to employed patients, those who were unemployed experienced:
- Longer disease duration
- Higher distractibility; difficulty sustaining attention
- More cognitive fatigue
- More difficulties with organizing and planning (reported by 60 percent of the unemployed patients, but only 25 percent of employed patients)
Researchers observed below average executive performance in 4-51 percent of the RRMS patients on some aspect of executive functioning, with the highest percentages related to decreased processing speed (in 20 percent of patients) and impaired performance related to visuospatial memory and response (in 51 percent). Possible influential factors such as age, educational level, physical functioning, and self-reported depression, anxiety, physical and social fatigue did not differ between groups.
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Employment and MS: Self-Reported Cognitive Problems in the Unemployed