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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (3): 3–7.
Published: 01 May 2021
.... © 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. 2021 American Medical Association Cognition Cognitive Screeners Cognitive Screening Tools Impairment Screening Measures Physicians performing evaluations of patients with possible central nervous system (CNS) impairment may...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2022
... that subjective complaints were not reflected in objective measures but were related to mood or anxiety rather than neuropathological changes. These findings are consistent with those reported in acute cases. 27 Most studies that purport to objectively measure cognitive impairment use screening instruments...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (2): 3–12.
Published: 01 March 2021
... permanent impairment using Table 4-6, Criteria for Rating Impairment Due to Coronary Artery Disease (6th ed, 55; 5th ed, 36) to rate the permanent cardiac impairment. LV systolic function is easily screened using ECHO. This test measures the ejection fraction; it is normally greater than 50%. Multiple...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (6): 14.
Published: 01 November 2000
...: “Was the electrodiagnostic study performed with reliable equipment?” The author has requested the answer to read: “Some physicians have tried to incorporate more “cost-effective” devices as portable screening tools for measuring distal sensory or motor latencies.” References # 7 and # 8 are deleted. ...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (5): 7–8.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... To appreciate the efforts worldwide to assess the impaired and disabled, students in all disciplines and especially the medical profession should be well versed and informed of the many ways and methods of measuring the impact of visual impairment on daily life activities. In Chapter 1 the author offers...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (6): 3–14.
Published: 01 November 2021
... in situations in which adequate information is not available from medical records As always, evaluation should proceed from general to specific and be initiated with detailed history and physical examination, with screening measures, imaging or other studies, and/or advanced testing based on abnormalities...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (3): 3–11.
Published: 01 May 2020
... certain tasks (eg, move a joint, measure circumference, or perform an activity). The range of motion of larger joints can be determined or images of motion can be measured by placing a goniometer against the screen. The physician captures images of the joint in limits of motion and includes...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (4): 3–14.
Published: 01 July 2019
... been independently tested. 49 Administer psychometric screening in claims that are not progressing as expected (early to middle claim stage). There are many screening instruments that can help predict at-risk claims, although no single tool assesses all phases of work disability or stakeholder...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (6): 15–18.
Published: 01 November 2021
... of depression. Similar false impressions and misdiagnoses may occur when a definitive diagnosis is assigned based on scores on a screening measure. Finally, diagnostic accuracy is critical in making any assessment of potential functional impairments. As noted in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (1): 3–11.
Published: 01 January 2020
...]). The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale measures many psychotic symptoms and major mental illness symptoms that are not typical for OUD. The Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale is used to assess function in many categories that are not typically impaired or only mildly impaired in OUD. Thus, using the Sixth...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (4): 18–59.
Published: 01 July 2022
..., including the interviews, records review, collateral data, mental status examination, and any psychological testing. By themselves, scores on screening or other self-report measures should never be considered diagnostic or definitive.” 10 Supplementing the examiner's comments on whether there existed...
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Guides Newsletter (2014) 19 (3): 10–14.
Published: 01 May 2014
... to the observer on visual inspection. Fasciculation potentials appear as irregular firing of a motor unit on the EMG screen. They may or may not be pathological, depending on the clinical and electromyographic scenario. When the patient is asked to perform a mild muscle contraction, the electromyographer...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (6): 16–38.
Published: 01 November 2022
... spirometry. Still, the office screening spirometry is useful so that a measure of restriction (the FVC) can be obtained. It is also useful to exclude the presence of other problems such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and other issues. At times, a pre- and postbronchodilator test would be of value. A 6-MWT...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (3): 3–8.
Published: 01 May 2016
... in the house)? The hunt for the precipitating factor will likely reveal a pattern within the mindset or experience of the patient that may help explain the shift in sexual function. The healthcare provider should briefly screen all patients for obvious psychopathology that may impact the treatment...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (3): 7–10.
Published: 01 May 2009
... during breathing (hypopnea) during sleep. These problems are measured by a polysomnogram (PSG), an overnight study. Parasomnias refer to a variety of problems occurring during sleep and include problems such as sleep walking, night terrors, and others. These problems are also capable of disrupting...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (4): 3–7.
Published: 01 July 2020
... results would confirm pulmonary involvement occurred, as would physician-measured oxygen saturation below 95%. The physical examination should include traditional pulmonary and cardiac assessments and pulse oximetry. An additional and simple in-office screening test is the 6-minute walk test while...
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Guides Newsletter (2000) 5 (2): 9–11.
Published: 01 March 2000
... on the EMG screen result from irregular firing of a motor unit. They may or may not be a pathologic, depending on the clinical and electromyographic scenario. When the patient performs a mild muscle contraction, the electromyographer can analyze the motor unit potentials from various territories within...
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Guides Newsletter (2022) 27 (5): 38–54.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Stephen L. Demeter, MD, MPH There is an association between obesity and restriction on pulmonary function testing when relying on the forced vital capacity (FVC) as the defining parameter for restriction. Body mass index (BMI) may not be the best measure of obesity, but it is the most commonly used...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (5): 3–12.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of improvement in BPI pain interference (62.3% vs 67.5%, ARD -5.2%, p=0.16); there were no differences on either BPI subscale at 2 years (SOE: low). Many physicians use screening questionnaires or tools to determine the relative risk of starting chronic opioid therapy for noncancer pain. Unfortunately...
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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and are technically adequate; 2) the proper methodology is used in obtaining measurements of translation and angular motion; 3) normal translation and angular-motion thresholds consistent with the literature are used in determining AOMSI. Imaging modalities such as videofluoroscopy, digital fluoroscopy, and upright...