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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 (2008) 13 (6): 1–7.
Published: 01 November 2008
... into a percentage of whole person impairment. Persons who conduct independent mental and behavioral evaluation using this chapter should be trained in psychiatry or psychology; other users should be experienced in psychiatric or psychological evaluations and should have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment...
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Guides Newsletter (2004) 9 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 January 2004
...Christopher R. Brigham, MD; Charles N. Brooks, MD; James B. Talmage, MD The diagnosis, cause, and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) are challenging, and the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) gives no specific instructions about rating impairments...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (5): 13–16.
Published: 01 September 2021
... difference between self-reported symptoms and an accurate psychiatric diagnosis. The diagnosis of psychological disorders is often complex owing to variable symptomatology, frequent comorbidity, possible (conscious or unconscious) exaggeration or malingering, and social or potentially confusing occupational...
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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 (2018) 23 (4): 14–15.
Published: 01 July 2018
.... Symptom magnification syndrome is a concept introduced by Matheson to provide rehabilitation and vocational specialists with insight into patients' behavior. 1 It is not a diagnosis; rather it is a label for a type of illness behavior characterized by symptom exaggeration. It is not an impairing...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (2): 3–7.
Published: 01 March 2022
... a comprehensive disability assessment approach. © 2022 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2022 American Medical Association Iatrogenic Disability Iatrogenic Impairment Psychiatric Diagnosis Psychiatric Disability Overdiagnosis Psychiatric Work Disability Assessment Not all...
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Guides Newsletter (2002) 7 (6): 1–3.
Published: 01 November 2002
...: 51, GAF, Highest past year: 60, Pre-injury GAF estimate: 80 A diagnosis is derived from an evaluation of the patient's medical and psychiatric history, clinical signs and symptoms (expressed or displayed by the patient and/or described by a family member), and a mental status examination...
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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 (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 (2005) 10 (2): 4–5, 8-9.
Published: 01 March 2005
... the current edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Section 14.1, Principles of Assessment, states, “A clear diagnosis is required to assess permanent mental or behavioral impairment. This diagnosis needs to be established according...
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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 (2022) 27 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2022
... and/or require treatment. It is important to note that, as with other conditions, the presence of psychological symptoms, with or without meeting the criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis, are not in themselves proof of functional impairment. However, psychological symptoms are likely to impact the individual’s...
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Guides Newsletter (1997) 2 (4): 4–5.
Published: 01 July 1997
... “pain disorder associated with psychological factors” in DSM-IV. This diagnosis requires that: Pain is the predominant focus of the presentation… (Criterion A). The pain causes significant distress or impairment…(Criterion B). Psychological factors are judged to play a significant role...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (4): 1–3, 10.
Published: 01 July 2000
... estimates suggest that at least 10% of all medical services are provided for patients who have no evidence of organic disease. These estimates, however, include neither services provided for patients with identified psychiatric syndromes 10 nor the costs associated with erroneous estimates of impairment...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (3): 6–7.
Published: 01 May 2013
...). Chapter 14 explains in Section 14.1c, Diagnostic Categories, that psychiatric reaction to pain is not rated, explaining, “It is inherent in the AMA Guides that the impairment rating for a physical condition provides for the pain associated with that impairment. The psychological distress associated...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (5): 1–4, 12-16.
Published: 01 September 2007
... by the general lack of scientific credibility for the concept of CRPS. A diagnosis of CRPS in the absence of ruling out all potential differentials is not credible. A sidebar discusses several chapters that are relevant to rating impairment due to causalgia, RSD, and CRPS. © 2007 American Medical Association...
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Guides Newsletter (2007) 12 (6): 1–4, 8.
Published: 01 November 2007
... The Guides explain in Chapter 14, Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Section 14.2, Psychiatric Diagnosis and Impairment, “Each of five axes refers to a different class of information. The first three axes constitute the major diagnostic categories. These include the major clinical syndromes and the conditions...
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Guides Newsletter (2006) 11 (6): 1–3, 8-11.
Published: 01 November 2006
...Robert J. Barth, PhD The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) warns physicians against minimizing psychiatric impairments but does not elaborate on this warning against minimizing the contribution of psychological factors to general medical impairment. Claims...