Discussion in 'Work, Finances and Disability Insurance' started by Sly Saint, Feb 8, 2018.
What is the link for that letter @Sly Saint ?
Why did disability charity United Response appoint a private health insurance boss as chair?
"A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”."
I just stumbled across this UK person - Mo Stewart - described by another as: ...research is instrumental in disclosing Unum’s involvement in British welfare programs seeking to abolish disability benefits by introducing the concept of “risk management” thereby limiting benefits to which UK citizens...
Mo Stewart -
independent research identifying the influence of corporate America with British social welfare reforms
Looking at the BPS approach's omnipresence with regard to sociomedical issues (especially pension scheme and rehab related, also for "organic" illnesses), and searching for any sensible application of an BPS approach in the medical world, I finally came across the WHO's BPS belief system -- it's "International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health" (ICF): http://www.who.int/classifications/icf/icf_more/en/
The ICF is...
The following idea appears particularly worrisome to me: Focusing on impact, ICF is believed to create...
IMO, this is hubris.
I don't know how to pursue this topic, and am not able to discuss this ATM. Just thought this could be interesting for this thread -- it's the WHO, of all organizations --, and wanted to leave this here for more capable forum members.
(Please feel free to move this post if too off-topic).
OFF THE PACE: CMIs, BPS, PACE, GUIDELINES and CONSEQUENCES - Malcolm Hooper (2017)
BioPsychoSocial, BPS, model/theory/paradigm
This model developed in the 1970s as a response to the perception in psychiatry that there was a large and growing gulf between psychiatry, mental health and science-based biomedicine that has been successful in developing effective treatments for many serious life threatening and fatal illnesses previously assigned a psychiatric/psychological diagnosis, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis etc.
Miles and Shands, 1959 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopsychosocial_model provides a useful article. Criticism of the BPS is long standing and voiced by eminent psychiatrists. This is an area of current controversy but the overall view emerging is that the BPS theory has “run its day”,
“The BPS model has failed to achieve what it set out to achieve …. more and more commentators are speaking about it critically, calling for an alternative”, Bennining, 2015, Ghaemi, 2009, 2011.
Others regard the model as having no sound foundation in any theory, McLaren, 2001 equates it with fraud. Others see it as anti humanistic, Ghaemi cited above."
“The biopsychosocial model has played a significant role in shaping the UK government's approach to disability and welfare over the last two decades, yet some important claims made about the value and benefits of biopsychosocial approaches have been based upon poor quality evidence and misleading claims.
Even as awareness of these problems grows, many aspects of the biopsychosocial model are so advantageous to those wishing to justify cuts to state disability benefits that they are unlikely to be abandoned. " Faulkner, 2016
"The BPS model/conception/theory was introduced to move away from a perceived, rigid and mechanistic scientific approach to the treatment of mental health and was then extended by some psychiatrists.
The ‘Wessely School’, in the UK, began to claim that this theory could apply to other conditions that were clearly different from mental health disorders, Wessely et al.,1999."
"The terminology of the ‘Wessely School” psychiatrists has generated a number of
“acronyms of ignorance”, including MUS, multiple unexplained symptoms, PUPS, persistent unexplained physical symptoms, MUPS, multiple unexplained physical symptoms, PUS, persistent unexplained physical symptoms."
full paper here:
(not sure I agree with or understand all that he says but makes some good points).
Brilliant term - acronyms of ignorance - we should start using this as much as possible when referring to these terms here and in our discussions elsewhere.
Yep, we need a glossary -
Eminence based medicine
Acronyms of ignorance
Metacognitive therapy MCT, CBT,. Whatever happened to TLC ?( tender loving care) just in case you haven't heard it for a while!
Thank you @Sly Saint for posting this excellent thirty year retrospective by Margaret Williams.
Some reasons why we have to look back at the damage that has been done:
We don't want this to happen again.
Although crumbling, erroneous BPS movement theories still have a strong hold
There has to some sort of public reckoning
better version of photo from first post:
This should be published in main stream media, is amazing to me that a lot of patients still think the situation is becuase government is ignorant and not the well made plan to avoid disability payments.
This needs to be public and well shared so when they come w some BS talk that We are working with you ( Like Collings from NIH) we as a
Community understand we are being handled, not helped.
eta: just wanted to add this photo
Power of Belief Book Launch
Professors Mansel Aylward CB (Director) and Peter Halligan (Associate Director) of the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial & Disability Research hosted the launch of their jointly edited book, The Power of Belief, at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, on 19th June.
The book launch, sponsored by Cardiff University, the Arkaga Fund and Elision, was a terrific success with many guests from the fields of academia, health, work & pensions and psychology in attendance.
Speakers included Professor Peter White (Professor of Psychological Medicine, Barts & the London Queen Mary School of Medicine), Professor Christopher French (Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths University), Lord Archie Kirkwood (former Chair of the Work & Pensions Select Committee), Professor Simon Wessley (Professor of Epidemiological & Liaison Psychiatry) and the Rt Reverend David Jenkins, former Bishop of Durham.
Talks were given on the power of belief, with many examples of how the senses can be manipulated into believing certain things to be true, and how important the role of belief is in illness diagnosis and perception.
The Power of Belief
Eds. Halligan, P. & Aylward, M. (2006).
Thanks for that Sly Saint. I've just been looking at the book on Amazon. Yours for just £72.
The synopsis of the book:
It seems significant to me that a bishop was included in the speakers at the book launch as well as the old familiar faces. It's all about belief, not about science or evidence.
A bunch of privileged, able-bodied men pontificating on what is good for the poor, disabled and sick.
Strange that they may not have considered the effect that regular payments from UNUM or Swiss Re might have on ones propensity to hold particular beliefs.
This does tend to support the view that what they were all engaged in was religion rather than science.
Lack of self-awareness much?
That really has a "Malboro centre for the benefits of smoking research" vibe. Quite similar to the sugar industry promoting research on the evils of dietary fat. Just a happy coincidence that it happens to benefit their industry. Happy, happy coincidence.
And on amazon uk there's only a single review, giving it one star. Worth taking a look!
posted this link on another thread but has relevant info for this thread
What a tangled web these 'bar stewards' weave.
Separate names with a comma.