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Assessing Impairment

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Impairment and disability are widely used terms, yet considerable disagreement exists as to their relationship—especially when impairment means different things to different professionals in the fields of mental health, medicine, and education. Although diagnostic criteria for various disorders are clearly detailed in the DSM-IV and elsewhere, criteria for impairment remain elusive. And patients with severe limitations but minimal symptoms, or the reverse, further complicate the discussion. The first in-depth treatment of the theory, definition, and evaluation of this core concept, Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice cuts through the confusion and cross-talk. Leading scholars and clinicians offer a robust evidence base for a much-needed reconceptualization of impairment within the context of diagnosis and disability, arguing for a wide-ranging quality-of-life perspective. This contextual approach to assessment goes beyond mere symptom counting, resulting in more accurate diagnosis, targeted interventions, and improved patient functioning. Within this concise but comprehensive volume, coverage focuses on key areas including: Current conceptualizations from the DSM-IV and other medical models. Methodologies for measuring symptom severity and impairment. Social/behavioral issues, such as resilience, adaptive behaviors, and family environment. Developmental issues across the life span. Legal and ethical questions and civil rights issues. Impairment and disability as they relate to trauma. The interdisciplinary model proposed in Assessing Impairment gives clinicians vital tools for working with the unique limitations and strengths of every patient. Child, school, and educational psychologists will find it particularly useful, given the critical importance of early detection and the complexity of young people’s lives.

Assessing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Over the past two decades, the assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) has evolved into a sophisticated balance of science and clinical judgement essential for arriving at reliable and valid diagnostic de- sions. Because of the precarious mix of clinical and empirical skill needed to evaluate children with this disorder, diagnostic practice in this area has been found wanting by many critics. In fact, a 1998 National Institutes of Health consensus panel concluded that “existing diagnostic treatment practices ... point to the need for improved awareness by the health service sector conce- ing an appropriate assessment, treatment, and follow-up. A more consistent set of diagnostic procedures and practice guidelines is of utmost importance” (p. 21). Drs. Arthur D. Anastopoulos and Terri L. Shelton have designed a book that addresses this need. A number of themes are highlighted throughout the text. Perhaps the most important is that the assessment guidelines set forth in this book represent a balance between science and practice. The authors account for the realities of clinical practice in an age of managed care while challenging clinicians to heed the lessons of empirical research. Although the use of empirically based asse- ment procedures may at times fly in the face of cost constraints (e. g. , systematic evaluation of medication effects), the authors present a strong argument for them. Further, they call upon their vast clinical experience to provide concrete suggestions for translating research findings into effective evaluations.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Impairment

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The brain is a delicate, complex, and easily disrupted organ. Unfortunately, the frequency of brain injury and the impairing effects of even seemingly minor injury is generally unknown to the public, the media, and, surprisingly, even many health professionals. It is hoped that this book will make a contribution to the welfare of brain-damaged people through a comprehensive and detailed state ment concerning their impairment and how to recognize it. Increased under standing of impairment, and the significant symptoms that reveal it, will enhance treatment planning, and aid in avoiding the error of assuming that symptoms are emotional, malingering, or exaggerations. In writing this book I have drawn on my experience in assessing individuals of all ages who have undergone traumatic brain injury, in order to alert the public, their families, concerned professionals, teaching physicians, psychologists, and attorneys to the clinical and technical issues that will aid in understanding and serving these people. Experience as a psychotherapist and career counselor offered a clinical perspective from which to document the conclusion that trau matic brain damage frequently impairs adaptive capacity of children and adults after even relatively "minor" injury.

Vision Impairment

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Medical Impairment and Disability Evaluation Associated Medicolegal Issues An Issue of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America Ebook

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Guest edited by Drs. Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach and Robert Rondinelli, this issue of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics will discuss Medical Impairment and Disability Evaluation and Associated Medicolegal Issues. This issue is one of four selected each year by our series Consulting Editor, Dr. Santos Martinez of the Campbell Clinic. Topics in this issue include, but are not limited to: The Physician’s Approach to Impairment Rating and Disability Benefits Determinations; Claimant-related Issues; Evaluating Return-to-work ability using Functional Capacity Evaluation; Evaluating Human Functioning Using CAT Methodology for Disability Determination within the SSA; Burden of treatment compliance; Measuring Quality of Life Loss in Litigation; Medical-Legal Causation Analysis; Actuarial Analysis and Life Expectancy Determination after Catastrophic Illness or Injury; Validity Assessment in Acquired Brain Injury Disability Evaluation; Medicolegal Expert Core Competencies & Professionalism; The Physician as Expert Witness; Rehabilitating the Injured Worker to Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI); The Independent Medical Examination (IME); and Life Care Planning, among other topics.

The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law

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The economic impact of society's attempts to rehabilitate and contain psychopathically disordered individuals can be enormous. Understanding the nature of these disorders, developing accurate and valid assessment methods, and providing effective treatment and safe management cannot be underestimated. Including contributions from an international panel of experts from Europe, North America, and Asia, this two-volume set offers an in-depth, multidisciplinary look at key aspects of the development and etiology of psychopathic disorders; current methods of intervention, treatment, and management; and how these disorders impact decision-making in civil and criminal law. The most comprehensive major reference work available on psychopathy and the law, The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition: Covers the full history and conceptual development of psychopathic disorders Provides unique and enlightening perspectives on the subject from some of the world’s most well-renowned professionals in the field Looks at the etiology and pathogenesis of psychopathic disorders Examines current methods for the intervention, treatment, and management of ADHD, antisocial behavior, and impulsive aggression Provides in-depth discussions of civil and criminal law issues The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition is a must-have reference for practitioners and academics in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, psychiatry, probation, law, law enforcement, and social work.

Barkley Functional Impairment Scale BFIS

Author : Russell A. Barkley
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To diagnose a mental disorder or evaluate a disability claim, clinicians must assess functional impairment--not just the presence of symptoms. Meeting a key need, the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS) is the first empirically based, norm-referenced tool designed to evaluate possible impairment in 15 major domains of psychosocial functioning in adults. Featuring both self-report and other-report forms (for example, spouse, parent, or sibling), the BFIS is reliable, valid, and user friendly. The long version takes the average adult 5-7 minutes to complete, and the Quick Screen takes only 3-5 minutes. Complete instructions for scoring and interpreting the scale are provided. Includes Permission to Photocopy Enhancing the convenience and value of the BFIS, the limited photocopy license allows purchasers to reproduce the forms and score sheets without the expense of reordering materials from the publisher. The large format and sturdy wire binding facilitate photocopying.

Mild Cognitive Impairment an Issue of Clinics in Geriatric Medicine

Author : Birju Patel
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This issue of Clinics in Geriatric Medicine features expert clinical reviews on Mild Cognitive Impairment which includes current information on topics such as Overview of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Aging and Cognition, Classification and Epidemiology of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Clinical Evaluation of Early Cognitive Symptoms, Emerging Biomarkers Relating to Cognition, Imaging Modalities in Evaluation of Cognition, Current Management Decisions in Mild Cognitive Impairment, Risk Factors for Progression to Dementia, Dealing with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Help for Patients and Caregivers.

Diagnosis of Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

Author : Andrew J. Larner
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In this special issue of Diagnostics, expert contributors have produced up-to-date research studies and reviews on various topics related to the diagnosis of dementia and cognitive impairment. The methods of the assessments discussed extend from simple neurological signs, which may be elicited in the clinical encounter, through cognitive screening instruments, to sophisticated analyses of neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of disease. It is hoped that these various methods may facilitate earlier diagnosis of dementia and its subtypes, and provide differential diagnosis of depression and functional cognitive disorders, as a prelude to meaningful interventions.

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Parkinson s Disease

Author : Murat Emre
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In this edited volume, experts on the treatment of dementia associated with Parkinson's Disease (PD) describe in detail the current status of knowledge in their respective area of expertise. The importance and clinical relevance of cognitive impairment and dementia in PD is emphasized, all relevant aspects including epidemiology, full and detailed spectrum of clinical features, current knowledge on pathology, neurochemistry and genetics, findings in auxillary investigations, relation to other neurodegenerative disorders, diagnostic process and management are described, rounded-up by discussion of future research directions and expectations. The text is complemented and enriched with tables, figures and is heavily referenced thereby capturing all relevant literature.

Barkley Functional Impairment Scale Children and Adolescents BFIS CA

Author : Russell A. Barkley
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To diagnose a mental disorder or make a disability determination, clinicians must assess functional impairment--not just the presence of symptoms. Meeting a key need, the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale--Children and Adolescents (BFIS-CA) is an empirically based, norm-referenced tool that exceeds other available scales in its comprehensive coverage of domains of psychosocial impairment. The BFIS-CA is designed to obtain parent reports on possible impairment in 15 different domains of everyday activities for children and teens. The scale typically takes a parent 5-7 minutes to complete. Also included is a follow-up parent interview form for obtaining more information about specific problem areas. Complete instructions for scoring and interpreting the scale are provided. Age range: 6-17. See also the Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale--Children and Adolescents (BDEFS-CA), which assesses clinically significant executive functioning difficulties. Includes Permission to Photocopy Enhancing the convenience and value of the BFIS-CA, the limited photocopy license allows purchasers to reproduce the forms and score sheets and yields considerable cost savings over other available scales. The large format and sturdy wire binding facilitate photocopying.

Cognitive Impairment and Depression in Older Patients

Author : Martin Steinberg
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Cognitive impairment and depression in older people have challenged clinicians and families for decades. These conditions affect well over half of people after age 65 with an incidence that increases with advancing age. Many factors account for this including the aging brain, loss of purpose, social isolation, personal losses, medical morbidity, and others. The mortality, disability, and burdens associated with these conditions, affecting patients, family members, and society at large are legion. Advances in epidemiology, brain science, therapeutics, and in service delivery continue to improve our understanding of these conditions, their causes, and the best ways to treat them. Despite this cognitive impairment and depression in later life remain underdiagnosed and undertreated in the United States. This book provides a single source for clinicians who treat older people to become more effective in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of these challenging late life conditions. It offers a pragmatic, easy-to-use, resource that guides clinicians in how to best evaluate and treat older people with depression and cognitive impairment.

A Guide to Assessments That Work

Author : John Hunsley
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"This volume addresses the assessment of the most commonly encountered disorders or conditions among adults, older adults, and couples. Evidence-based strategies and instruments for assessing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, couple distress and sexual problems, health-related problems, and many other conditions are covered in depth. With a focus throughout on assessment instruments that are feasable, psychometrically sound, and useful for typical clinical practice, a rating system has been designed to provide evaluations of a measure's norms, reliability, validity, and clinical utility. Standardized tables summarize this information in each chapter, providing essential information on the most scientifically sound tools available for a range of assessment needs."--BOOK JACKET.

Digest and Decisions of the Employees Compensation Appeals Board V 56

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The American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry

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Assessing Impairment

Author : Sam Goldstein
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This Second Edition of the book expands on the in-depth treatment of the theory, definition, and evaluation of impairment presented in the original volume. It explores the complex relationships between disabling conditions and impairment, with new data and insights on assessment and potential avenues for treatment. Original and revised chapters critique current models of impairment and offers an integrated model rooted in the contexts of medical, mental health, and cognitive challenges in disability. Leading scholars and clinicians provide updated evidence for a much-needed reconceptualization of impairment within the context of diagnosis and disability. This contextual approach to assessment – a wide-ranging quality-of life perspective – goes beyond symptom counting, resulting in more accurate diagnosis, targeted interventions, and improved patient functioning. Topics featured in this book include: The role of family and cross-setting supports in reducing impairment. Relationships between adaptive behavior and impairment. Legal conceptions of impairment and its implications for the assessment of psychiatric disabilities. Impairment in parenting. The Neuropsychological Impairment Scale (NIS). The Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS). The Rating Scale of Impairment (RSI). Treatment integrity in interventions for children diagnosed with DSM-5 disorders. Assessing Impairment, Second Edition, is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians, professionals, and graduate students in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology as well as child and adolescent psychiatry, educational psychology, rehabilitation medicine/therapy, social work, and pediatrics.

Code of Federal Regulations

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Special edition of the Federal Register, containing a codification of documents of general applicability and future effect ... with ancillaries.

Screening for Brain Impairment

Author : Dr. Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH
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Written by top practitioners in the field of neuropsychological screening, Screening for Brain Impairment is the extensively updated new edition of the classic resource. Valuable to a broad range of medical and mental health practitioners, this new edition reflects enormous changes to the field over the past 13 years. Each chapter contains updated information and new empirical data, including extensive information on neurological and psychiatric disorders, adult attention deficit disorder, and screening for and assessing the emotional correlates of brain impairment. Also included are new chapters on computerized assessment and developing relations with other professionals, including clinical neuropsychologists, neurologists, primary care physicians, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Litigation

Author : Robert I. Simon
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This essential collection by 13 leading U.S. experts sheds important new light on forensic guidelines for effective assessment and diagnosis and determination of disability, serving both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving PTSD claims.

Visual Impairment and Blindness

Author : Giuseppe Lo Giudice
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Blindness and vision impairment affect at least 2.2 billion people worldwide with most individuals having a preventable vision impairment. The majority of people with vision impairment are older than 50 years, however, vision loss can affect people of all ages. Reduced eyesight can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities, and the ability to access public services. This book provides an overview of the effects of blindness and visual impairment in the context of the most common causes of blindness in older adults as well as children, including retinal disorders, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular or corneal degeneration.