Multiple Sclerosis Questionnaire for Job Difficulties (MSQ-Job): definition of the cut-off score

Silvia Schiavolin, Ambra Mara Giovannetti, Matilde Leonardi, Greta Brenna, Laura Brambilla, Paolo Confalonieri, Rita Frangiamore, Renato Mantegazza, Marco Moscatelli, Valentina Torri Clerici, Francesca Cortese, Venusia Covelli, Michela Ponzio, Paola Zaratin, Alberto Raggi

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) mainly affects people of working age. The Multiple Sclerosis Questionnaire for Job Difficulties (MSQ-Job) was designed to measure difficulties in work-related tasks. Our aim is to define cut-off score of MSQ-Job to identify potential critical situations that might require specific attention. A sample of patients with MS completed the MSQ-Job, WHODAS 2.0 and MSQOL-54 respectively for work difficulties, disability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) evaluation. K-means Cluster Analysis was used to divide the sample in three groups on the basis of HRQoL and disability. ANOVA test was performed to compare the response pattern between these groups. The cut-off score was defined using the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses for MSQ-Job total and count of MSQ-Job items scores ≥3: a score value corresponding to the maximum of the sensitivity-to-specificity ratio was chosen as the cut-off. Out of 180 patients enrolled, twenty were clustered in the higher severity group. The area under the ROC curve was 0.845 for the MSQ-Job total and 0.859 for the count of MSQ-Job items scores ≥3 while the cut-off score was 15.8 for MSQ-Job total and 8 for count of items scored ≥3. We recommend the use of MSQ-Job with this calculation as cut-off for identifying critical situations, e.g. in vocational rehabilitation services, where work-related difficulties have a significant impact in terms of lower quality of life and higher disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cut-off
  • Employment
  • MSQ-Job
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Work difficulties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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