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How to Measure Function: Disability Analysis Provides the Answer to Over Complicated Reports - Dr Mark Burgin

02/02/17. Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP shows how disability analysis can provide better answers to the questions raised in occupational health and high value personal injury cases.

Medical assessments have become a central aspect of modern society and provide evidence in personal injury, occupation and family cases and to determine eligibility for benefits.

There are two main types of medical assessment – the functional assessment (FA) and the medical examination (ME).

Functional assessments can give answers as to questions such as ‘Is the person fit to do their occupation?’ or ‘Do they satisfy the medical criteria for benefits?’

ME is appropriate when dealing with an identified illness or injury, to understand the medical aspects of that illness and what investigations and treatments are necessary.

I have previously discussed how using functional assessment instead of ME for condition and prognosis reports in clinical negligence cases creates less disconnect between the questions and the findings in the report. (1)

In this article I examine how the disability analysis approach can improve both occupational medicals, using pilots/drivers as an example, and high value personal injury reports...

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