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Do welfare benefit reassessments of people with mental health conditions lead to worse mental health? - King's College London

Discussion in 'Work, Finances and Disability Insurance' started by MSEsperanza, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. MSEsperanza

    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Stuart, R., Campbell, S., Osumili, B., Robinson, E. J., Frost-Gaskin, M., Pacitti, R., ... Henderson, C. (2020). Do welfare benefit reassessments of people with mental health conditions lead to worse mental health? A prospective cohort study. The International journal of social psychiatry, 66(2), 136-149. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764019888955



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  2. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Applies to a lot of claimants, not just people with mental health conditions.

    Although having said that, I suspect that on many occasions ME patients are treated by the assessment people (eg Maximus) as having a mental health condition.

    I came across this bit of info a while back and it's worth noting (altho its from 2015)
  3. Wits_End

    Wits_End Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    My immediate response to the title question: Why would they not, when benefit reassessments of people not claiming on grounds of mental health lead to worse mental health?
  4. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I'm pretty sure they do. I fill in the mental health section of the questionnaire in some detail to record the effects of impaired cognitive dysfunction. Although I make it clear these are a symptom of ME rather than a comorbidity because they are and the form is rubbish for eliciting information about cognitive impairment.

    This would certainly put me at a serious disadvantage. Written communication is easier for me & probably many others with some form of cognitive impairment or fluctuating disease. It also means that if someone has multiple people who care for them can't seek input from all of them. Let's say one person helps in the morning but another helps getting them to bed in the evening - there might be different aspects of the impairments that become more noticeable as the day wears on.

    I can understand if the logic was to reduce stress in the claimant but denying them the same opportunity to explain how their illness affects them is discriminatory. Also, there a many, many better ways the system could be changed to tackle that.
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