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.
Bibliographical note© Sage 2020. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105320953476
- benefits, chronic illness, ESA, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), phenomenology, social security, universal credit, welfare