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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2022
... include difficulty thinking or concentrating, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and other complaints. The results of studies are clouded by self-reports, lack of objective cognitive data, misattribution, and ill-defined psychological issues. Prospective cohort studies with objective assessment are needed...
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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 (2023) 28 (6): 7–19.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Stephen L. Demeter, MD, MPH Stress can be divided into two types: physical and mental. This review focuses only on mental and/or psychological stress and two types of cardiovascular problems—coronary artery disease and hypertension—because they are the two most commonly encountered cardiovascular...
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Guides Newsletter (2024) 29 (1): 4–22.
Published: 01 January 2024
...Jesse E. Bible, MD; Dan M. Spengler, MD; Hassan R. Mir, MD Background Context: A physician's role within a workers' compensation injury extends far beyond just evaluation and treatment with several socioeconomic and psychological factors at play when compared to similar injuries occurring outside...
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Guides Newsletter (2023) 28 (6): 2–6.
Published: 01 November 2023
... by evolving physical, psychological, and psychosocial factors. Evaluating impairment is a challenging undertaking and physicians tasked with impairment evaluations must be trained to use the AMA Guides appropriately. © 2023 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2023 American Medical...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (4): 18–59.
Published: 01 July 2022
... subjective process by employing relevant psychological validity testing and conducting a coherence analysis in formulating an opinion. In summary, we provide a synopsis of current best practices and offer the examiner a method for aligning M&BD IMEs with equally high standards of excellence...
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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 (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 (2011) 16 (5): 5–7.
Published: 01 September 2011
..., body dysmorphic disorder. 2 DSM-IV: With predominantly psychological, or physical, or psychological/physical signs. 3 DSM-IV: V code, condition not attributable to a mental disorder but that may be focus of clinical attention. Discerning discrepancies between the actual symptoms...
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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 (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 (2019) 24 (2): 15.
Published: 01 March 2019
... impairment and unnecessary disability in workers' compensation (WC) systems are suboptimal. Fundamental problems include the failure to recognize and address the unique biopsychosocial diathesis of each individual; the powerful influence of human psychology in the genesis, perpetuation, and refractoriness...
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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 (2023) 28 (3): 11.
Published: 01 May 2023
... the bullet. He is asymptomatic and has a nearly undetectable scar and normal pulmonary function test results. He has no pain and does not have any behavioral or psychological issues. How should this be rated? ANSWER : The bullet retained in the body does not lead to any measurable impairment. In the AMA...
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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. © 2018...