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Dr David Memel believes a five-minute assessment of patients with arthritis can transform lives – by identifying people who are underclaiming for disability living allowance.

With his fellow researchers, Dr Memel, a GP in Bristol, used the health assessment questionnaire to identify patients who might be eligible for benefits.

Of 286 patients he then assessed for disability, three-quarters were not claiming their full entitlement – adding up to some £184,382 extra in a year.

Dr Memel said: 'It can transform a life; they can get £80 a week, long-term, and it is not means-tested. They can use that money to pay for extra care.'

His research is published in the July issue of Rheumatology.

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