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A Typology of Sick-Listed Claimants to Improve Communication Skills for Social Insurance Physicians during Medical Disability Assessment Interviews
Van Rijssen, H. J. et al. (2011). A Typology of Sick-Listed Claimants to Improve Communication Skills for Social Insurance Physicians during Medical Disability Assessment Interviews. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 21 (1): 66-75. Introduction Role play with standardised simulated patients is often included in communication training. However, regarding physician-patient encounters in medical disability assessment interviews it is unclear what should be included in the scenarios for actors. The first objective of this study was to determine which types of medical disability claimants can...
Neck Pain Evidence Summary
This evidence summary is designed for health-care professionals who treat patients with neck pain, ranging from mild pain to whiplash. The summary presents helpful and unhelpful treatments as well as guidance on assessing patients. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) created this summary to share the evidence synthesis completed by The Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain. IWH worked in concert with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the Ontario Chiropractic Association and some members of the Executive Committee of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated...
What should an ideal spinal injury classification system consist of?
What should an ideal spinal injury classification system consist of? A methodological review and conceptual proposal for future classifications Since Böhler published the first categorization of spinal injuries based on plain radiographic examinations in 1929, numerous classifications have been proposed. Despite all these efforts, however, only a few have been tested for reliability and validity. This methodological, conceptual review summarizes that a spinal injury classification system should be clinically relevant, reliable and accurate. The clinical relevance of a classification is directly...
Cluster Analysis of Symptoms Among Patients with Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders
Introduction Some musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity are not readily classified. The study objective was to determine if there were symptom patterns in self-identified repetitive strain injury (RSI) patients. Methods Members ( n = 700) of the Dutch RSI Patients Association filled out a detailed symptom questionnaire. Factor analysis followed by cluster analysis grouped correlated symptoms. Results Eight clusters, based largely on symptom severity and quality were formulated. All but one cluster showed diffuse symptoms; the exception was characterized by bilateral symptoms of stiffness...

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