Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition
AMA Guides® has been the disability professional's reference of choice for more than three decades.AMA Guides Fifth Edition provides important information regarding impairment, workers compensation and disability that health care professionals can put to practical use in their everyday practice.
The Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition, is used in workers' compensation systems, federal systems, automobile casualty and personal injury cases to rate impairment, not disability.
Understand Differences Between Impairment and Disability
Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment clarifies the critical difference between medical impairment and disability, as diagnosis affects treatment and how a patient is viewed by a state's workers' compensation system.
Impairment is a significant deviation, loss, or loss of use of any body structure or body function in an individual with a health condition, disorder or disease.
Disability is activity limitations and/or participation restrictions in an individual with a health condition, disorder or disease.
With AMA Guides Fifth, physicians can measure the extent of impairment as related to normal functional capacity.
Highlights of the AMA Guides Fifth include:
- Enhanced coverage of chronic pain assessment
- Information on common conditions and diseases, including HIV and latex allergy
- Treatment and assessment considerations involving cardiology, dermatology, ocular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems
- Standardized formatting across topics