UnumProvident tackles current perceptions of illness & disability in partnership with Cardiff University

October 2004
Management Services;Oct2004, Vol. 48 Issue 10, p6
Academic Journal
This article reports on the research center launched by UnumProvident and Cardiff University in Wales in 2004. A sharp rise in the number of people with mental health problems and unexplained health complaints is leading to a serious problem of incapacity for work in Great Britain, warns leading income protection provider UnumProvident. The warning comes at the launch of a new research center, sponsored by UnumProvident and based at Cardiff University, which aims to shed light on this incapacity trend and better understand the psychosocial factors that influence illness, disease, recovery and reintegration into work. On any working day in Great Britain, six million people are reported absent from work because of sickness. Moreover, the number of people of working age in receipt of incapacity benefit has risen by 10 percent since incapacity benefit was introduced in April 1995, and now stands at 2.6 million. The new center will be looking at the doctor/patient relationship and how this affects an individual's reaction to their illness. Studies to be conducted at the center in Cardiff will focus on why people respond differently to the same illness, rendering some unable to work while others continue. The new center is the first in Great Britain to develop specific lines of research into psychosocial factors related to disability, vocational rehabilitation and the determinants of ill-health impacting upon work capacity.


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