Caruso G. Biopsychosocial Considerations in Unnecessary Work Disability. Psychol In and Law, 2013, 6:164-182x

Abstract: The current definition and management of medical conditions causing impairment and unnecessary disability in workers' compensation (WC) systems are suboptimal. Fundamental problems include the failure to recognize and address the unique biopsychosocial diathesis of each individual; the powerful influence of human psychology in the genesis, perpetuation, and refractoriness to treatment of many conditions, including medically unexplained symptoms and chronic pain; the work relevance of even non-workrelated conditions; the considerable effects of administrative and clinical iatrogenicity; and the plethora of complex factors potentially affecting the course of conditions treated in WC systems. Once claims are established in WC, administrative and medical management of both identifiable pathologic conditions and unexplained symptoms are fragmented, not based on available scientific evidence, and adherent to a biomedical care...

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