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July 7, 2021

Demystifying Disability Assessments for Dermatologists—A Call to Action

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  • 1Division of Dermatology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
JAMA Dermatol. Published online July 7, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.1767

A 1976 survey study, “Attitudes of California Dermatologists Toward Worker’s Compensation,” identified the following barriers to treating patients requesting disability documentation: physician practice setting, low fee schedule, excessive documentation, “hassles” involved, conflicts of interest, and “troublesome patients.”1(p171) Forty-five years later, these persistent barriers, along with a lack of disability program standardization, understandably continue to contribute to dermatologists’ hesitancy to complete disability paperwork. We aim to clarify types of disability and their relevance in dermatology, identify barriers to disability assessment, and offer resources to assist in impairment assessments for disability.

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