Losing employment following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis: exploring people's views that participating in meaningful occupation can reduce the resulting depression.
(2014) Losing employment following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis: exploring people's views that participating in meaningful occupation can reduce the resulting depression., no. 69.
There is a high rate of depression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as a large number of people with MS who are unemployed. Anything that a person does in their everyday life that holds meaning for that person can be described as a meaningful occupation. For many people employment is a meaningful occupation. Both MS and depression can have a negative effect on a person's quality of life, a reason being that they can both decrease a person's ability to participate in meaningful occupations. However evidence suggests that participating in meaningful occupation can have a positive influence on a person's quality of life. A review of literature has revealed that there is little research on the benefits meaningful occupation can have for unemployed people with MS experiencing depression. Therefore a qualitative study is proposed that seeks to explore the perceptions of people with MS who have experienced unemployment and depression following their diagnosis of MS. Further to this gain an understanding of the benefits for this group participating in meaningful occupation.