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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (6): 15–18.
Published: 01 November 2021
.... All Rights Reserved. 2021 American Medical Association Causation Mental Health Disability Claims Psychiatric Disability Diagnosis Psychiatric Impairment Diagnosis Clinicians and researchers have noted an increase in claims of occupational psychiatric disability over the past 20 years...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (2): 3–7.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and their effects and defined basic terms and models. The second article focused on improving the diagnosis and assessment of mental health disorders and psychiatric work disability. In this final article, we focus on iatrogenesis in diagnosing mental health work disability and argue for implementing...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2021
... is the prevalence of mental health diagnosis and mental health disability? What is the prevalence of occupational disability and, more specifically, mental health disability in the workplace? How often is psychiatric work disability overdiagnosed or misdiagnosed? Ultimately, it is important to understand what can...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 14–15.
Published: 01 July 2018
... and impairment or disability. Illness behavior is not an impairing condition according to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), and a table in the article describes the characteristics of the symptom magnification syndrome and other related conditions. Three diagnoses—somatic...
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Guides Newsletter (1998) 3 (3): 1–3.
Published: 01 May 1998
...Marcia Scott, MD Chapter 14 of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) discusses diagnosis, mental impairment, impairment severity assessment, special impairment categories, report format, and psychiatric impairment evaluation. The chapter differs from others...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (4): 18–59.
Published: 01 July 2022
...) the Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS). 10 The mere presence of a psychiatric diagnosis offers limited information on the presence or quantification of impairment or disability. To determine the latter, additional information through assessment is required. The record review and the MSE...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (5): 13–16.
Published: 01 September 2021
...: improving diagnosis and assessment of mental health disorders and psychiatric work disability . AMA Guides Newsletter . November/December 2021 (forthcoming). 6. Toubasi AA , AbuAnzeh RB , Tawileh HBA , et al . A meta-analysis: the mortality and severity of COVID-19 among patients...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 11–13, 16.
Published: 01 July 2018
... with identified psychiatric syndromes 10 nor the costs associated with erroneous estimates of impairment or disability. The feigning of disabling illness for the purpose of disability compensation, or “malingering,” is commonly reported to be occurring in 45.8% to 59.7% of Social Security Disability adult...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (3): 6–13, 16.
Published: 01 May 2017
... to psychological disability claims. Common problems with these claims include poor-quality evaluations, diagnoses that do not conform with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ( DSM ; American Psychiatric Association 2013 ), lack of standardized psychological testing to more objectively assess the individual's...
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Guides Newsletter (2003) 8 (4): 1–11.
Published: 01 July 2003
... qualitative data and relevant information used to substantiate the behavioral impairment assessment. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR) 1 serves as the framework for determining a psychiatric diagnosis and identifying mental and behavioral...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 5–7.
Published: 01 September 2011
... management . In: Randolph DC , Ranavaya MI , eds . Occupational Medicine State of the Art Reviews: Risk and Disability Evaluation in the Workplace . Philadelphia, PA : Hanley & Belfus ; October/December 2000 . 2. Barth RJ , Haralson R. Differential diagnosis...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 7–8.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Steven D. Feinberg, MD; Christopher R. Brigham, MD; Charles N. Brooks, MD Assessment of impairment and disability experienced by patients with chronic pain is challenging. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) assesses impairment primarily based on objective findings...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (6): 1–3, 8-11.
Published: 01 November 2006
... to the diagnosis. Therefore, the hyper-tension is actually better controlled after it is identified, and yet the complaints of impairment increase. The increased complaints of impairment and associated vocational disability cannot be attributed to the hypertension. Researchers have instead explained...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (4): 1–3, 10.
Published: 01 July 2000
... disease but not mental disorders. Our health care system expresses this cultural bias by providing financial payment for medical expenses or disability compensation for physical disorders, but denying or reducing benefits for psychiatric services. Other motivations for somatization have been identified...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (4): 6–14.
Published: 01 July 2008
... psychiatric diagnoses, but an understanding of certain diagnoses will assist in evaluating patients with enduring pain complaints. Psychosocial factors have important effects on the relationship between pain and disability. In one study, job satisfaction was a predictor of future disability in low back pain...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (3): 1–3.
Published: 01 May 2000
... to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Evaluators must recognize that MCS claimants often present with comorbid psychiatric conditions, and iatrogenic disability also is a concern among MCS patients. © 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2000 American Medical Association...
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Guides Newsletter (1998) 3 (3): 4–5.
Published: 01 May 1998
... for it in writing (4th ed., 8). Unsupported and insupportable conclusions regarding symptom exaggeration represent substandard practice given the importance of such conclusions to the disposition of patients presenting for assessment of impairment or disability. 1. American Psychiatric Association...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 3–9.
Published: 01 May 2019
...: ❏ The traditional biomedical model posits that disease or injury produces symptoms and signs, which cause impairment and result in disability. 8 Typical management includes evaluation by history, physical examination, and testing; diagnosis; treatment; and the expectation of cure. This method is effective...
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Guides Newsletter (2008) 13 (3): 14–18.
Published: 01 May 2008
... psychiatric illnesses in the study populations.” Therefore the validity criteria for many pain diagnoses are questionable. The second problem involves the value of patient self-report. Instruments such as the Pain Disability Questionnaire (6th ed, 43) do little to help the disability rating physician give...
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Guides Newsletter (2005) 10 (1): 1–3, 10-11.
Published: 01 January 2005
... and secretions, and endocrine changes (all in the absence of actual pregnancy or any other general medical condition). 6 Each of these examples illustrate that “organic” findings are compatible with mental illness serving as an explanation for a variety of presentations, and that a psychiatric diagnosis...