Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims: Early Risk Identification, Intervention, and Prevention / Edition 1

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Chronic back and neck pain. Whiplash. Fibromyalgia. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Intractable headaches. Depression. Anxiety and posttraumatic stress. Concussion. More than ever, the term workplace disabilities is synonymous with greater clinical and case management complexity and escalating personal, social, occupational, and economic cost. Complex illnesses and injuries that defy a traditional medical management model continue to baffle medical, mental health, rehabilitation, compensation, corporate, and legal professionals despite new advances in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation. The Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims: Early Risk Identification, Intervention, and Prevention cuts through the confusion by integrating current theories and findings into a state-of-the-art tool for critical thinking, decision making, and effective practice.

This clear-sighted, interdisciplinary, and integrative volume goes beyond cataloguing symptoms or sorting legitimate from fraudulent cases; its emphasis is on early detection of risk and management to prevent injury from developing into long-term disability. Editors Schultz and Gatchel and their expert contributors offer lucid evaluations of the scientific and clinical literature to repair the mind/body split that has traditionally defined this field: Conceptual and methodological issues in the prediction of disability, Biopsychosocial perspectives on the most prevalent disabling conditions, including chronic pain syndromes, repetitives on the most prevalent disabling conditions, including chronic pain syndromes, repetitive strain injuries, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, and posttraumatic stress disorder, Application of clinical findings to the rehabilitation, disability management, occupational and compensation arenas, and return-to-work practices, In-depth discussion of the relationship between impairment and work disability, Specific evidence-based early intervention approaches for workers and patients at risk

A book that synthesizes so many diverse viewpoints has the potential to influence both policy and practice across disciplines and cut through politicization of these still poorly understood conditions with evidence. The Handbook is important reading for clinicians, professionals, and members of rehabilitation and disability management teams across healthcare, occupational, and compensation settings.

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This handbook addresses recent clinical and occupational practices in healthcare, rehabilitation, disability insurance, and workers' compensation industries. It goes on to synthesize and also review current research on what are termed biopsychosocial conditions.
Purpose: The editors make it clear that they wish to facilitate transfer of knowledge and the development of new clinical and occupational practices in healthcare.
Audience: Three different perspectives expressed in the handbook's 30 chapters correspond well with its likely readership, those adhering to biomedical, psychological, and systematic models.
Features: The handbook is organized in five major parts: conceptual and methodological issues, prediction of pain- and psychologically-related conditions, application of disability predictions, early interventions, and the future.
Assessment: The editors frankly admit the handbook contains disparate explanations for complex disability phenomena. They successfully minimize politicization and polarization to support an evidence-based approach. The handbook is neither an easy nor a quick read, but it will yield sizeable dividends for those who pursue its findings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387893839
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/14/2008
  • Edition description: 1st ed. 2005. 2nd printing 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 566
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I: Conceptual And Methodological Issues In Prediction Of Disability 1. Do We Have a Disability Epidemic? J. Mark Melhorn, Jacob Lazarovic, and Wanda K. Roehl
2. Impairment and Occupational Disability in Research and Practice; Izabela Z. Schultz
3. Models of Diagnosis and Rehabilitation in Musculoskeletal Pain-Related Occupational Disability; Izabela Z. Schultz, Peter W. Joy, Joan Crook, and Kerri Fraser
4. Readiness for Return to Work Following Injury or Illness; Renée-Louise Franche and Niklas Krause
5. Prediction of Occupational Disability; Renée-Louise Franche, John Frank, and Niklas Krause
6. Musculoskeletal Injury; Anna Wright Stowell
7. Outcome Measures in Prediction of Occupational Disability; Peter Polatin, Richard C. Robinson, and J.P. Garofalo
8. Tailoring Psychosocial Treatment for Patients with Occupational Disability; Richard C. Robinson, Robert J. Gatchel, and Travis Whitfill II. Prediction Of Disability In Pain-Related And Psychologic Conditions A: Prediction Of Chronic Pain Disability
9. Determinants of Occupational Disability Following a Low Back Injury; Joan Crook, Ruth Milner, Izabela Z. Schultz, and Bernadette Stringer
10. Biopsychosocial Multivariate Predictive Model of Occupational Low Back Disability; Izabela Z. Schultz, Joan M. Crook, Jonathan Berkowitz, Gregory R. Meloche, Ruth Milner, and Qonagh A. Zuberbier
11. Whiplash and Neck Pain-Related Disability; Jerome A. Schofferman and Mary E. Koestler
12. Disability in Fibromyalgia; Akiko Okifuji
13. Musculoskeletal Disorders, Disability, and Return-to-Work (Repetitive Strain); I. Mark Melhorn and Eric M. Kennedy
14. Predicting Disability from Headache; Jonathan Borkum B: Prediction Of Disability After Head Injury
15. Prediction of Disability after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury; Nancy Canning and Ronald M. Ruff
16. Prediction of Vocational Functioning from Neuropsychological Data;Thomas J. Guilmette C: Prediction Of Disability After Psychological Trauma
17. The Role of Individual Factors in Predicting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Marilyn L. Bowman
18. Posttraumatic Stress Disability after Motor Vehicle Accidents; William J. Koch and Joti Samra
19. Disability Following Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Robert J. Sbordone
20. The Prediction of Occupational Disability Related to Depressive and Anxiety Disorders; William H. Gnam III: Application Of Disability Prediction In Compensation, Health Care, And Occupational Contexts
21. Secondary Prevention in Health-Care and Occupational Settings in Musculoskeletal Condition Focusing on Low Back Pain; Chris J. Main, Ceri J. Phillips, and Paul J. Watson
22. Biopsychosocial Factors in Complex Claims for Disability Compensation; Les Kertay and Thomas M. Pendergrass
23. Secondary Gains and Losses in the Medicolegal Setting; Jeffrey Dersh, Peter Polatin, Gordon Leeman, and Robert Gatchel
24. Evidence-informed Best Practices for Injured Workers at Risk for Disability at the Subacute Stage; Izabela Z. Schultz, Joan Crook, and Alanna Winter
IV: Early Intervention With At-Risk Groups
25. Early Interventions for 'At Risk' Patients with Spinal Pain; Steven James Linton
26. Working with the Employer; Patrick Loisel and Marie-José Durand
27. An Early Screening and Intervention Model for Acute and Subacute Low Back Pain; John P. Garofalo, Rohert J. Gatchel, Nancy Kishino, and Alan M. Strizak
28. The CtdMAP™ Intervention Program® for Musculoskeletal Disorders; I. Mark Melhorn and Larry K. Wilkinson V: Where Are We Now And Where Are We Headed?
29. Research and Practice Directions in Risk for Disability Prediction and Early Intervention; Izabela Z. Schultz and Robert J. Gatchel

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