Prediction of succcessful application for disability benefits using the Health Assessment Questionnaire for people with arthritis
Memel, D. , Kirwan, J. R. , Langley, C. , Hewlett, S. and Hehir, M. (2002) Prediction of succcessful application for disability benefits using the Health Assessment Questionnaire for people with arthritis. Rheumatology, 41 (1). pp. 100-102. ISSN 1462-0324
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Background: Many eligible people with arthritis do not receive disability benefits. Application forms are lengthy and complex, and doctors and nurses are often unsure which patients would qualify. Aim: To investigate how severe disability on the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) relates to successful application for disability benefits by people with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Method: RA patients attending a hospital out-patient rheumatology clinic and patients with OA or RA in two general practices completed an HAQ and were asked about receipt of disability benefits. Those scoring 2 or more on the HAQ (severe disability) and not in receipt of benefits were offered professional help to complete applications for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA). Results: Eighty per cent of patients with an HAQ score of 2 or more were already in receipt of benefits. Seventy-nine per cent of the new applicants applied successfully, the average benefit being in excess of £2580 per annum. Conclusion: This initial study suggests that people who score 2 or more on the HAQ should be encouraged to apply for disability benefits. A test of the generalizability of these findings and the success rate associated with lower HAQ scores should be undertaken.
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