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Disability certifications in adult workers: a practical approach.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
American family physician
Publication Date
Volume
64
Issue
9
Pages
1579–1586
Identifiers
PMID: 11730313
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Family physicians are frequently asked to complete disability certification forms for workers. The certification process can be contentious because of the number of stakeholders, the varying definitions of disability and the nature of the administrative systems. Insufficient training on disability during medical school and residency complicates this process. Disability systems discussed include workers' compensation, private disability insurance, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Strategies that help the physician complete disability certification forms effectively include identification of disability type, ascertainment of the definition of disability being applied, evaluation of workplace demands and essential job functions, assessment of worker capacity, and accurate and timely completion of the forms in their entirety.

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