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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a concise guide to creating musculoskeletal and orthopedic impairment ratings and is designed to be a brief, efficient, and concise correlate to the much heftier AMA's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th edition (2001).
Purpose: The primary goal of this inexpensive offering is to provide a user-friendly, concise alternative to the extensive, precise AMA guides to impairment. Anyone who has ever used the AMA guides will probably have dreamed of a more concise, efficient alternative. In this offering, the authors have succeeded in providing a quick reference that will fit in a lab coat pocket while still serving the role for rating 95 percent of musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries.
Audience: It is targeted at professionals who routinely offer impairment ratings as part of their practice.
Features: The guide begins with a brief overview of impairment ratings including common terms, general guidelines, and techniques to address multiple impairments. Then it is broken into easy-to-flip-to anatomic sections on the upper extremity, lower extremity, spine, skin, and issues of complex regional pain syndrome. The book closes with a series of conversion and combined values charts.
Assessment: Dr. Wiggins should be commended for recognizing a challenge to professionals who provide impairment ratings and their desire to have a concise, straightforward alternative to the extensive AMA guidelines text. This is an admirable, cost-effective offering. I strongly recommend its purchase for all professionals who provide musculoskeletal impairment evaluations.