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Translating and transforming care: people with brain injury and caregivers filling in a disability claim form

Gillespie, Alex ORCID: 0000-0002-0162-1269 and Moore, Helen (2016) Translating and transforming care: people with brain injury and caregivers filling in a disability claim form. Qualitative Health Research, 26 (4). 532 - 544. ISSN 1049-7323

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1049732315575316


This article examines how the Disability Living Allowance claim form, used in the United Kingdom to allocate £13 billion of disability benefits, translates and transforms disability and care. Twenty-two people with acquired brain injury and their main informal caregivers (n = 44) were video-recorded filling in the disability claim form. Participants disagreed on 26% of the questions, revealing two types of problems. Translation problems arose as participants struggled to provide categorical responses to ambiguous questions and were unable to report contextual variability in care needs or divergences of perception. Transformation problems arose as participants resisted the way in which the form positioned them, forcing them to conceptualize their relationship in terms of dependency and burden. The disability claim form co-opts claimants to translate care and disability into bureaucratically predefined categories, and it transforms the care relationship that it purports to document.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 16:42
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 01:07
Funders: University of Stirling

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