J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2007 Jul;46(4):332-341.

Guides to the Evaluation of Neuropsychiatric Impairment

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea. hanyjung@schbc.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Kore.a
  • 4Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 8Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, In Je University, Goyang, Korea.

Abstract

Generally, the role of doctors has been limited in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. However, the role has recently expanded in improving the quality of life and evaluating the impairments of various disease. Evaluation of impairment in the psychiatric area has much more difficulty than others. Symptoms of psychiatric disorders have subjective, diverse and changeable. Also, previous tools such as McBride Disability Evaluation, Law of Workmen's Accident Compensation Insurance and Law of National Compensation, are not accepted as universal instruments in psychiatric area because of their own limitation. Consequently, the Department of Impairment Evaluation Committee in Korean Neuropsychiatric Association has revised, evaluated and investigated previous diverse guidelines related with evaluation of psychiatric impairments to make reasonable and adaptable new guidelines which include recent medical opinions. We hope this guideline could be used pertinently in evaluation of psychiatric impairment in every situations.

Keyword

Impairment; Assessment; Neuropsychiatry
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