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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (6): 12–15.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Jay Blaisdell, MA; James B. Talmage, MD Like the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method and the range-of-motion (ROM) method for rating permanent impairment, the approach for rating compression or entrapment neuropathy in the upper extremity (eg, carpal tunnel syndrome [CTS]) is a separate...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (1): 14–16.
Published: 01 January 2018
...) and diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) are the two possible stand-alone methods for rating knee impairment. The ROM method was widely used in previous editions of the AMA Guides, but at present DBI is the method of choice for calculating impairment. To rate knee impairment using the DBI method, the physician...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 14–16.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Jay Blaisdell; James B. Talmage, MD Examiners use range-of-motion (ROM) testing to help calculate the physical examination modifier when they use the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition. DBI...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (5): 15–16.
Published: 01 September 2015
... ( AMA Guides ), Fifth and Sixth Editions will help physicians avoid common pitfalls and improve the reliability of impairment ratings. One source of confusion associated with rating a shoulder is determining whether to use the range-of-motion (ROM) method or the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (3): 3–5.
Published: 01 May 2015
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell In the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, range of motion (ROM) is used to calculate the physical examination modifier when the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method is used, ie, Table 15-8, Physical Examination...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (1): 12–13.
Published: 01 January 2011
... and no carpal instability. The AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, allows use of only one of two methodologies: the Diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) methodology or the range-of-motion (ROM) method. Because ROM findings at the left elbow and wrist were recorded as normal and because the greater impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ). In the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, impairment ratings are calculated using the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method that uses five impairment classes determined by diagnoses and specific criteria, adjusted by consideration of non...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (2): 6–11.
Published: 01 March 2019
... impairment ratings are rated in Section 16.6 (6th ed, 542–543) using Table 16-16 , Amputation Impairment (6th ed, 542). Amputation impairment may be combined with proximal diagnosed-based impairments (DBIs) as well as proximal range-of-motion (ROM) impairments. It is not appropriate to rate for loss...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (1): 3–8.
Published: 01 January 2015
...J. Mark Melhorn, MD; James B. Talmage, MD; Charles N. Brooks, MD The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, introduced the concept of diagnosis-based impairments (DBI), and a modified version of this method can be used in rating peripheral nerve injury...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 10.
Published: 01 March 2020
... converted to a regional estimate should be divided by 0.80 for the cervical spine, 0.40 for the thoracic spine, or 0.90 for the lumbosacral spine (Figure 15-19).” Regarding diagnosis-based impairment (DBI), the subsection on regional impairment in the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition (6th ed, 583) states...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (1): 14.
Published: 01 January 2009
...-based impairment (DBI) approach is used to assess impairment. Per Table 15-5, Shoulder Regional Grid: Upper Extremity Impairments (6th ed, 401-405) for shoulder arthroplasty there is a class 2 impairment for “implant with normal motion.” There is no exclusion for replacements with less than normal...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (6): 7–9.
Published: 01 November 2020
... assessment. © 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2020 American Medical Association Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) AMA Guides Diagnosis-Based Impairment (DBI) Instrumental ADLs (IADLs) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 8–9.
Published: 01 September 2011
... and Peripheral Nervous System, there are no grade modifiers listed for the CNS/PNS impairments including episodic loss of consciousness (6th ed, 328) and migraine headaches (6th ed, 342). In these cases should no modification of the impairment value be permitted? Answer: The diagnosis-based impairment (DBI...
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Guides Newsletter (2012) 17 (6): 9–10.
Published: 01 November 2012
... that was successfully treated. Because of the challenges in determining reproducible laxity when rating wrist impairment with the Fifth Edition, the Sixth Edition provides a Diagnosis Based Impairment (DBI) approach as outlined in Table 15-3 Wrist Regional Grid: Upper Extremity Impairments (6th ed, 396...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (2): 9–11.
Published: 01 March 2011
...-based impairment (DBI) is the preferred method, while the range of motion (ROM) method is an alternative, but “only used … when it is not possible to otherwise define impairment” (6th ed, 497). “Range of motion is used principally as a factor in the Adjustment Grid-Physical Examination, as explained...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (6): 5–7.
Published: 01 November 2010
...%). The average time between the date of injury and date of the original impairment evaluation was 24 months. Seventy-one percent of the Sixth Edition ratings were based on the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) approach (including entrapment). Of the DBI ratings most (78%) were class 1 (mild problem...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (2): 3–5.
Published: 01 March 2017
... at the appropriate extremity level with impairment ratings derived using diagnosis-based impairment (DBI), entrapment neuropathy (Section 15.4f [6th ed, 432–450]), digital nerve (Section 15.4c [6th ed, 425–429]), and “sensory only” peripheral nerve injuries (Section 15.4d [6th ed, 429]) methodologies—again, provided...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (6): 1–9.
Published: 01 November 2013
... by a new or recurrent disc herniation, and when there are multiple pathologic episodes producing alteration of motion segment integrity and/or radiculopathy. (5th ed, 380). Sixth Edition ratings are diagnosis-based impairments (DBI). They are calculated using the DBI method in which the impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (3): 8–11.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Modifier. Diagnosis-based Impairment (DBI) is considered the rating method of choice. Hence, the rating physician should preferentially use Table 15-5, Shoulder Regional Grid. Range of motion is primarily used in the physical examination adjustment grid. However, some DBI grids refer to the range...