When benefit eligibility and patient-led care intersect. Living in the UK with chronic illness:Experiences of the work capability assessment


Individuals living with chronic physical health conditions are more likely to be out-of-work than other groups. Often framed as a 'response' to these statistics, many countries have introduced policy instruments for promoting the employment of individuals with chronic conditions. This qualitative study sought to explore the impact of welfare reforms on UK individuals. Employing a phenomenological approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five participants living with chronic conditions. Three themes were generated using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: 'intersubjective sense making of the condition'; 'battles for control' and 'the fluidity and strengthening of identity'. Implications for further, holistic, policy reform are explored.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320953476
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: © Sage 2020. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105320953476
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESA,benefits,chronic illness,interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA),phenomenology,social security,universal credit,welfare,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7277
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 12:56
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-02-01
Published Online Date: 2020-08-28
Accepted Date: 2020-08-01
Authors: Day, William (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8580-2373)
Shaw, Rachel (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)



Version: Accepted Version

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