‘First, do no harm’: are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study
OPEN Journal of epidemiology and community health | 18 Nov 2015
B Barr, D Taylor-Robinson, D Stuckler, R Loopstra, A Reeves and M Whitehead
In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist-the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that this has had an adverse effect on the mental health of claimants, but there are no population level studies exploring the health effects of this or similar policies.
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