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Title: Assessment of executive function in multiple sclerosis using a virtual office-based task and its relationship to employment performance
Author: Clemens, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 4253
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, demyelinating disease which affects neurons in the central nervous system. Symptoms of MS include difficulties with mobility, gait, bowel and bladder dysfunction, fatigue and cognition. People with MS (PwMS) are often diagnosed in their 30s and 40s and up to 80% become unemployed within 10 years of being diagnosed. This results in a negative impact on quality of life. Levels of physical disability do not fully account for the impact of the disease on employment outcomes. In fact, approximately 45% of people with low levels of physical disability are unemployed. It is likely that the impact of 'invisible' symptoms of MS, such as cognition, can explain this discrepancy. Evidence suggests that cognition is also a mediating factor between physical disabilities and unemployment. Since unemployment can have a detrimental impact to quality of life, it is important to ensure that people with MS remain employed for as long as they desire.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis ; Employment ; Executive Function ; Cognition ; Virtual Reality