Benefits Counseling to Preserve Function Among Disability Applicants

2015-04-13 09:55:39 | BioPortfolio


This study will address the problem that claimants with psychiatric disabilities who apply for and receive disability benefits go on to work less than those whose claims are denied.


The objective of this research is to conduct a 6-month randomized clinical trial comparing participants assigned to Benefits Counseling and to those assigned to the control condition, VA Orientation. Benefits Counseling is an adaptation of two counseling approaches to foster veterans' involvement in work and work-related activity compared to the control condition, VA Orientation. The first approach helped recipients of Social Security disability benefits for psychiatric illness return to work in part by alleviating beneficiaries' concerns that they would lose their benefits if they worked. The second approach is a Motivational Interviewing approach that showed great promise in engaging veterans with psychiatric disabilities in compensated work therapy.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care


Veterans' Disability Claims


Benefits Counseling, VA Orientation


VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT
West Haven
United States


Active, not recruiting


Department of Veterans Affairs

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-04-13T09:55:39-0400

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