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Commentary
January 26, 2000

Improving the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: American Medical Association (Dr Cocchiarella) and Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center (Dr Andersson), Chicago, Ill; and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY (Dr Turk).

JAMA. 2000;283(4):532-533. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.532

More than 40 million people in the United States consider themselves to have a physical or mental impairment that significantly affects life activities.1 Clarifying the scope of impairment and disability assessment has been increasingly addressed by the courts,2 the medical community,3 and workers' compensation authorities.4 In the United States, the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment5 is the most commonly used source for assessing and rating an individual's permanent impairments.

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