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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2021
... general disability issues and their impact on individual well-being, social participation, and frequently associated poverty. It defines the difference between impairment assessment and disability assessment, explores three common disability models, and raises issues about psychiatric disability and its...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (6): 1–3, 8-11.
Published: 01 November 2006
... that chronic disabling low-back pain is instead associated with numerous psychosocial risk factors. For example, a review of the relevant scientific literature that has been continuously updated and repeatedly published by the American Pain Society 5 failed to list any general medical issues as a risk...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (2): 3–7.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Fabien Gagnon, MD, PsyD; Les Kertay, PhD Claims of occupational psychiatric disability have significantly increased over the past 20 years. This article is the third in a series on avoiding psychiatric disability overdiagnosis. The first article focused on general disability issues...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 12–19.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of the “most recent edition” of the AMA Guides when determining partial disability entitlement under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. An attempted solution was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was signed into law Act 111 on October 24, 2018. Although it affirms that the AMA Guides...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 3–8.
Published: 01 July 2018
..., or disease.” Another useful concept is “needless disability” or days away from work that are not medically necessary; workless populations experience a two- to threefold increased risk of poor general health, including higher rates of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and respiratory infections, among...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (6): 15–18.
Published: 01 November 2021
... over the past 20 years. This article is the second of a three-part series on avoiding overdiagnosis in psychiatric disability. The previous article in the Sep/Oct 2021 issue addressed general disability issues and their impact on individual well-being and functioning. This second article focuses...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (3): 6–10.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of the Act commonly is referred to as SSI, which is funded through general funds from the US Treasury. Both SDI and SSI disability adjudication use the same five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if a claimant fulfills SSA's disability definition. The foundation for determining disability under...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (6): 3–11.
Published: 01 November 2017
... into their late 40s. Heslop and Glover 15 reviewed 4 recent data sets from England to determine whether people with intellectual disability have a shorter life span and increased risk of early death when compared with the general population. The standardized mortality rate for people was approximately...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (2): 3–11.
Published: 01 March 2015
..., and grief—creating a web of disability. In this context, resilience can be reframed as the ability of a person to change, quiet, or moderate self-talk in order to minimize their long-term reaction to stressors. To foster resilience, individual interventions can be undertaken as general life training...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (6): 3–8.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of evidence regarding real-world collision data and shows that, for low-speed impacts, any injuries are minor and self-limiting. Further, disability due to LBP was predicted by an abnormal baseline psychological test profile or a previously disputed compensation claim. The motions, forces, and accelerations...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (1): 8–9.
Published: 01 January 2005
.... The referral should identify the information needed for the assessment, define the standards for the evaluation, and provide detailed questions to be answered. Failure to provide this information often will result in a poor outcome. The article includes a sample generic referral letter to an impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (5): 3–18.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., apportionment, disability, impairment, and work ability. As the patient's advocate, the treating physician may be unable to assess these issues without bias. 8 The purpose of an IME is to clarify issues associated with a claim, generally by answering questions submitted by the referral source...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (4): 18–59.
Published: 01 July 2022
... principles and best practices and offers recommendations on how it should be applied to the M&BD IME setting. References 1. Fabien G , Kertay L . Avoiding psychiatric disability overdiagnosis, part 1: general disability and occupational disability—going beyond medical impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 5.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD The state of Illinois has undergone major workers’ compensation reform with the passage of House Bill 1698, and from September 1, 2011, one of the factors used to determine a permanent partial disability (PPD) rating is an impairment evaluation according to the AMA Guides...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (2): 15.
Published: 01 March 2019
... offers a heuristic diathesis stress model of work-related disability as a framework for general and specific interventions to improve system performance and outcomes for all stakeholders. ...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (6): 1–9.
Published: 01 November 2005
... to work and other types of disability. General comments about prognosis may be appropriate. Usually the requesting agency will ask specific questions. The verbatim questions and direct answers should be included. In some reports, references to published literature...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (3): 6–13, 16.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Pamela A. Warren, PhD Psychological conditions with severe symptoms can result in considerable impairment in functioning, and psychological disability claims, also called behavioral health disability, have increased during the past two decades. A review of states’ workers’ compensation (WC) systems...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 3–9.
Published: 01 May 2019
... represent baseline common health problems in the general population (and thus in the WC and disability populations) that are mistakenly attributed to work-related illness or injury, 56 or, more importantly, develop de novo after work-related illness or injury by cognitive behavioral processes including...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2016
... ; 2001 . 27. https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/general-info.htm Accessed 2/6/16. 28. http://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada Accessed 2/6/16. 29. Talmage JB , Melhorn JM , Hyman MH . AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Work Ability and Return...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (5): 1–3, 12.
Published: 01 September 2005
... impairment due to shoulder weakness or motion loss. Rotator cuff tendinopathy generally is multifactorial, and tears usually result from a combination of intrinsic factors (loads transmitted, local blood supply, and age) and extrinsic factors (impingement, primarily). Surgery to eliminate impingement...