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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (3): 4–10.
Published: 01 May 2003
... rating within the range specified for that class. The process of assigning a class is accomplished by an assessment of the patient's disease process, objective findings, activities of daily living (ADLs), and required continuing medical treatment. A table in the article provides hyperlinks to different...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (1): 7.
Published: 01 January 2010
... for treatment; and interference with activities of daily living (ADL). This Case Presentation illustrates some of the challenges that an evaluator new to the rating process may encounter and clarifies that precautionary guidance to reduce sun exposure is not equivalent to interference in ADL and the assignment...
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Guides Newsletter (2012) 17 (6): 9–10.
Published: 01 November 2012
..., the underlying basis must be reliable; that is, the history, including reported activities of daily living (ADL), must be supportable. In the AMA Guides, Fifth Edition, three examples show ratings, all of which depend on objective findings of palpable defects (protrusions). The sixth edition outlines...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (4): 1–11.
Published: 01 July 2003
... an individual's ability to perform common activities of daily living [ADL]” and designates four relevant areas to consider: ADL; social functioning; concentration, persistence, and pacing; and deterioration or decompensation in complex or work-like settings. The validity of an impairment classification depends...
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Guides Newsletter (1999) 4 (3): 4.
Published: 01 May 1999
... with an epinephrine pen. This person would have a minimum of a Class I impairment because of the few limitations of this person's activities of daily living (ADLs) and the condition requires no or intermittent treatment. Both patients might feel they had permanent changes in their body functions that required...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (3): 6.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Richard T. Katz, MD Patients may complain of daytime drowsiness associated with a painful musculoskeletal disorder, but these complaints regard an activity of daily living (ADL) and do not result in a separate sleep impairment rating. This article focuses on sleep impairment resulting from...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (5): 5–7, 10.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of certain types of visual loss on the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Permanent visual impairment is defined as a permanent loss of vision that remains after a patient reaches maximal medical improvement in the underlying medical condition. To assess vision loss, physicians must...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (2): 6.
Published: 01 March 2005
... for an examiner who is rating spinal impairment using a Diagnosis-related estimate (DRE) category to award an additional 3% whole person impairment (WPI) beyond the baseline rating for the category because of limitation in activities of daily living (ADLs), presumably at least in part because of residual pain...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (6): 9–10.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of the original condition's impact on activities of daily living (ADLs) and do not warrant a separate rating. An example of a separate sleep impairment condition ratable under Chapter 13 would be a primary neurologic disorder such as narcolepsy. While pain is interpreted by the brain, it is not a neurologic...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 8–9.
Published: 01 September 2011
... headache impairment section in the Sixth Edition. The Principles of Assessment state “Neurologic impairments should be assessed as they affect Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).” (6th ed, 322) “Thus, adjustments within a rating range as provided in Table 13-5, Episodic Loss of Consciousness or Awareness...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (5): 1–6.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of restrictions (4th ed, 294). This description includes what are referred to as basic and instrumental activities of daily living (ADL's). It is helpful for the rater to consult resources such as the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health 4 to identify relevant areas of function...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2016
... on the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). The impact on ADLs can provide direct and indirect examples of work ability; however, the Fifth Edition specifically notes that impairment reflects decreases in an “individual's ability to perform common ADLs, excluding work” (page 4). It is also...
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Guides Newsletter (1999) 4 (6): 11–15.
Published: 01 November 1999
... is whether or not the individual with fibromyalgia can perform activities of daily living despite symptoms. The paper concedes that, “determining ADL limitations and the extent of these limitations can be difficult,” and, “there is no universally accepted standard, method or instrument for evaluating...
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Guides Newsletter (2004) 9 (2): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2004
... Edition states impairment percentages are “consensus-driven estimates that reflect the severity of the medical condition to which the impairment decreases an individual's ability to perform common activities of daily living (ADL), excluding work” (5th ed, 4). This explicit exclusion for work is new...
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Guides Newsletter (1998) 3 (2): 4–5.
Published: 01 March 1998
... and maximal ability to perform work activities. A key distinction between FCEs and self-reported activities of daily living is that the former involve direct observation by professional evaluators. Numerous devices can quantify the physical function of a specific part of the musculoskeletal system but do...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (1): 4–5.
Published: 01 January 2007
... to evaluate the case and then compare their results with the analysis. The author notes that the report does not discuss activities of daily living and does not report in detail the results of physical testing. Nor does the written report correctly explain how the rating was performed, with a detailed...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (4): 8.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... Unlike the treating physician, an IME physician does not have a doctor-patient relationship, and can, therefore, provide an impartial evaluation necessary to assess the extent to which the patient/claimant is impaired or disabled from functional activities of daily living. The treating physician, who...
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Guides Newsletter (2002) 7 (3): 10–11.
Published: 01 May 2002
... © 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2002 American Medical Association My patient has had problems with shoulder pain. He had an acromioplasty performed and continues to complain of marked pain and interference with activities of daily living. On examination, he...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (5): 8–10.
Published: 01 September 2001
... to performing activities of daily living. 2.6a.1 (Section 2.6, Preparing Reports, 21) 2.6a.3 (Section 2.6, Preparing Reports, 21) 2.6a.4 (Section 2.6, Preparing Reports, 21) “including its effect on function, and identify abilities and limitations to performing activities of daily living as listed...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (1): 4.
Published: 01 January 2000
... (infarct, contusion, or otherwise), so that different conditions with similar functional outcomes can have similar ratings. Because many activities of daily living depend on dexterous use of the dominant upper limb, loss or loss of use of that extremity usually results in greater impairment than...