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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (5): 13–16.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Sarah H. Gulick, PsyD; Steven Mandel, MD; Edward A. Maitz, PhD; Christopher R. Brigham, MD The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus affects the mental health of many. Isolation, fear of infection, and social distancing may affect psychological functioning. Research...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (4): 3–14.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Garson Caruso, MD, MPH; Les Kertay, PhD Part two of this two-part article on psychological factors in delayed and failed recovery and resultant unnecessary work disability (DFRUD) considers both conceptual and practical interventions, including specific evaluation and treatment methods. The authors...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 3–9.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Garson Caruso, MD, MPH; Les Kertay, PhD The first part of this two-part series discusses psychological influences in delayed and failed recovery and resulting unnecessary work disability; the second part discusses theoretical and practical aspects of the issue, including evaluation and treatment...
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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 (2005) 10 (1): 1–3, 10-11.
Published: 01 January 2005
... between presentations of pain that represent mental illness vs those that do not and must decide whether to rate using Chapter 18 or 14. Dichotomous thinking often opposes the notion of psychological vs physiological-organic presentations, but all presentations of pain include psychological aspects...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (4): 11–13, 16.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of somatization, disorders that arise from it, and factors that contribute to somatization. Somatization is an individual's unconscious use of the body or bodily symptoms for psychological purposes or psychological gain. As the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (3): 3–7.
Published: 01 May 2021
... limitations and are not designed to assess symptom validity or the extent to which psychological factors may contribute to cognitive complaints. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment may be indicated in these situations and when the screeners demonstrate findings of potential concern help define MMI...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 5–7.
Published: 01 September 2011
... 3 Yes Yes No Yes Yes No * Dependent on edition. 1 DSM-IV: Includes somatization disorder, conversion disorder, pain disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder. 2 DSM-IV: With predominantly psychological, or physical, or psychological/physical signs. 3 DSM-IV: V...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (1): 12–14.
Published: 01 January 2020
... general health and well-being and reduces psychological distress; even musculoskeletal and mental health conditions attributed to work can benefit from activity-based rehabilitation and an early return to suitable work; long-term work absence is harmful to physical and mental health and well-being...
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Guides Newsletter (2013) 18 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Robert J. Barth, PhD Scientific findings have indicated that psychological and social factors are the driving forces behind most chronic benign pain presentations, especially in a claim context, and are relevant to at least three of the AMA Guides publications: AMA Guides to Evaluation of Disease...
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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 (2018) 23 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2018
... reference to cosmetic abnormalities and requires a “severe cosmetic deformity with no ability to lactate.” Thus the only way to provide an impairment rating using the fifth edition for this individual is to perform a psychological evaluation; in the sixth edition, it is the only permissible rating. One...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (1): 9.
Published: 01 January 2018
..., which are not diagnoses but often are treated as such. Behavioral factors can affect claims in four ways: the presence of a formal clinical diagnosis that meets specific criteria, psychological symptoms, difficult life circumstances, and behavioral overlays. Only the first of these can be attributed...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (3): 5–8.
Published: 01 May 2011
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Guides Newsletter (1997) 2 (4): 4–5.
Published: 01 July 1997
... should consider psychological factors that are judged to play a significant role in the onset, severity, exacerbation, or maintenance of the pain. Thus, two individuals may have identical musculoskeletal histories, physical exams, and pain out of proportion to their injuries, but when one of the patients...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (5): 11–15.
Published: 01 September 2016
... that contribute to delayed return to work are not impairments that require medial or psychological treatment; listen; reach out to employers; and develop nonadversarial relationships with claims adjusters whenever possible. The HCP instinctually provides comfort to a person who is suffering. Unfortunately, when...
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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 (2016) 21 (2): 11–13.
Published: 01 March 2016
... (the rationale is unclear from the records). Her pain persisted and treatment has included chronic narcotics; she reported multiple physical and psychological complaints and difficulties, and illness behavior and unreliable self-reports failed to corroborate her reports. Needle EMG must be performed...
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Guides Newsletter (2002) 7 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 January 2002
... with disability but primarily is based on psychological rather than physical symptoms. No tests confirm the diagnosis of CFS, and routine laboratory testing is reserved for excluding other medical conditions. CFS is an illness without a disease and often is characterized by illness behavior expressed...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2016
..., assessing, and treating chronic pain disorders and acknowledges a complex and dynamic interaction among biological, psychological, and social factors. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ), Sixth Edition, discusses the assessment of pain and eligibility requirements...