Health, quality of life, social network and use of public health: A comparison between those granted and those not granted disability pension
2006 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288 (print) 1464-5165 (online), Vol. 28, no 1, 25-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose. The aim was to compare self-rated health, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), social networks and health care utilisation of those granted disability pension (DP) and those not granted disability pension (nDP).
Method. Demographic data and medical diagnoses were obtained from the records of the social insurance office. Data concerning self-reported health, HRQoL social networks, and use of health care were collected by a postal questionnaire. The nDP group included all those not granted full DPs between 1999 and 2000 (n = 99). The DP group were a random sample of those granted full DPs, during the same period (n = 197).
Results. The nDP group had more often multiple diagnoses, and lower self-reported health and HRQoL compared to those granted DP. In particular, their average scores were lower on the SF-36 scales social functioning, role limitations due to physical problems and mental health. The nDP group also had significantly smaller social networks.
Conclusions. Contrary to expectations, those not granted a disability pension do not seem to have better health, but rather to suffer from more sickness than those who were granted a disability pension.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 28, no 1, 25-32 p.
Disability pension; self-reported health; social networks; vulnerable group
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13762DOI: 10.1080/09638280500165179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13762DiVA: diva2:21362