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Impairment rating and disability determination.
eMed 2008 May; :314195
The medical community, the public, and the scientific literature often misunderstand the distinction between disability and impairment. This article defines the differences between disability and impairment. Furthermore, the ever-increasing numbers of people alleging disability and impairment necessitate a professional understanding of these terms, the scope of the problem, and the most effective means to deal with these issues in a medical practice.
Disabled-workers; Handicapped-workers; Medical-personnel; Health-care-personnel; Physicians; Medical-services; Work-practices; Regulations; Standards; Physical-fitness; Physical-capacity; Health-standards; Author Keywords: impairment rating; disability determination; disability ratings; independent medical evaluation; IME; maximum medical improvement; MMI; permanent and stationary; motivation; sincerity of effort; performance APGAR
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