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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (5): 12–14.
Published: 01 September 2015
...James B. Talmage, MD; Jay Blaisdell To assess medical impairments, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) divides cardiovascular diseases into the following eight groups, each of which has its own grid: valvular heart disease; coronary artery disease...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (6): 1–9.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; James B. Talmage, MD; Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach, MD Impairment evaluation of the spine has evolved notably since the 1958 publication by the American Medical Association of an article titled A Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the Extremities and Back...
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Guides Newsletter (2012) 17 (5): 1–7.
Published: 01 September 2012
... facts and current science, CMC joint subluxation is unrelated to work and instead is reflective of aging. The article concludes with a comparison of impairment ratings of CMC-related disability using the fifth and sixth editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, both of which...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (3): 5–8.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Stephen L. Demeter, MD, MPH The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) does not specifically address how to rate heart transplants, but by applying principles used in rating similar illnesses, the evaluator can assess permanent impairment. The fourth and fifth editions...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (5): 7–8.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, takes approaches to the lower extremities that are consistent with Chapter 15, Upper Extremities (reviewed in the March/April 2008 issue of The Guides Newsletter ). Because there is a...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (2): 6–8.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Lorne Direnfeld, MD; Christopher R. Brigham, MD; Elizabeth Genovese, MD, MBA The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), does not provide a Diagnosis-based estimate of impairment due to syringomyelia, a disorder in which a cyst (syrinx), develops within the central...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (5): 5–11.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Arthur Ameis, BSC, MD; Christopher Brigham, MD; Robert J. Barth, PhD; Norma Leclair, PhD, RN; Steven Leclair, PhD Several Canadian provinces use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) to adjudicate workers’ compensation claims, and the Province of Ontario uses the...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Craig Uejo, MD, MPH; Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach, MD, JD; Christopher R. Brigham, MD Evaluators who use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, should understand the significant changes that have occurred (as well as the Clarifications and Corrections...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (2): 1–5.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD, MMS; Craig Uejo, MD, MPH; J. Mark Melhorn, MD; James B. Talmage, MD In the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, the chapter on the upper extremities is the longest and most complex, which reflects the complexities of the...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (1): 6–11.
Published: 01 January 2003
...Chris Brown, DDS, MPS Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TJD) is a term applied to a group of problems that affect the muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joint, and their supporting structures. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition...
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Guides Newsletter (2002) 7 (2): 5–6, 11.
Published: 01 March 2002
...Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH; Christopher R. Brigham, MD Chapter 11, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Related Structures of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, includes a new section on voice impairment, a new table on vestibular disorders, and information...
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Guides Newsletter (2002) 7 (6): 4–4, 16.
Published: 01 November 2002
...Norma J. Leclair, RN, PhD, LCPC; Leclair Steven W., PhD, CRC; Christopher R. Brigham, MD According to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), motivation is a need or desire that causes a person to act and may be a key factor in an individual's physical or mental...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (4): 5–7.
Published: 01 July 2001
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD Chapter 17, The Lower Extremities, in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, continues to provide three means of assessing impairment: anatomic, diagnostic, and functional. Changes from the AMA Guides, Fourth Edition...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (3): 1–5, 12.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; Charles N. Brooks, MD Chapter 16, The Upper Extremities, in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides), Fifth Edition, presents several changes from the Fourth Edition. The changes are minor compared to those in Chapter 15, The Spine, but are...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (2): 1–3.
Published: 01 March 2001
...James B. Talmage, MD; Mohammed Ranavaya, MD The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, uses approaches to respiratory system impairment rating that are similar to those of previous editions, with two significant changes: First, criteria for asthma...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (1): 4–7, 9.
Published: 01 January 2001
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD Significant differences exist regarding spinal impairment rating among the Third Edition Revised, and the Fourth and Fifth Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ). Table 1 summarizes the rating criteria used in these three...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 January 2001
...Robert H. Haralson, III, MD, MBA The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Fifth Edition, was published in November 2000 and contains major changes from its predecessor. In the Fourth Edition, all musculoskeletal evaluation and rating was described in a single chapter...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (3): 7–8.
Published: 01 May 2000
... physician. This list focuses on impairment and disability assessment, musculoskeletal and behavioral issues, and expert witness skills. There are certainly other resources that are valuable to the evaluator. If you have a favorite that is not included on this list, please let us know by emailing your...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Mohammed I. Ranavaya, MD, JD, MS, FFOM, FRCPI, FACLM; Christopher R. Brigham, MD, MMS Since its inception more than six decades ago, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, ( AMA Guides ), has become internationally accepted as a global benchmark and is used in the United States...
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Guides Newsletter (1999) 4 (5): 1–3.
Published: 01 September 1999
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD Significant professional and legal difficulties and risks may be associated with the performance of impairment evaluations, particularly in the context of an independent medical evaluation (IME). Many IMEs occur in legal arenas and may involve individuals with challenging...