Adverse working events in patients with multiple sclerosis

Chiara Concetta Incerti, Ornella Argento, Giuseppe Magistrale, Elisabetta Ferraro, Carlo Caltagirone, Valerio Pisani, Ugo Nocentini

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) and working status have recently arisen great interest. Fatigue, physical disability, cognition, and psychological disturbances have been linked to unemployment, as well to accidents during daily activities. The aim of our study was to determine frequency of different types of accidents at workplace (AWE) and possible clinical differences among employed (MSe) and unemployed (MSu) MS patients. Sixty MS patients (31 employed, 29 unemployed) and twenty healthy control subjects were recruited. All employed participants were requested to complete an ad-hoc questionnaire to collect AWE and related risks occurring at workplace in the past 2 months. Physical, cognitive, mood, and fatigue evaluations were also assessed. Illness and bumps along with risk of bumps and near falls resulted the most frequent AWE and risks occurring in MSe. Interestingly, those AWE were mostly observed among subjects with anxiety, depression, and cognitive fatigue rather than depending on severity of physical impairment. Moreover, psychological aspects, like anxiety and anger, seemed to play a crucial role in determining AWE. This study provides data on AWE occurrence and suggests possible mechanisms underlying negative events at workplace in MS. This might be important for planning strategies of AWE prevention in MS patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Oct 19 2016


  • Accidents
  • Adverse working events
  • Employment
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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