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Disability claims on psychiatric grounds in the South African context: A review

Matlhodi T Mokoka, Solomon T Rataemane, Monika dos Santos
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 18, No 2 | a290 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v18i2.290 | © 2012 Matlhodi T Mokoka, Solomon T Rataemane, Monika dos Santos | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2011 | Published: 01 May 2012

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Matlhodi T Mokoka, Department of Psychiatry, University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, South Africa
Solomon T Rataemane, Department of Psychiatry, University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, South Africa
Monika dos Santos, Foundation for Professional Development, PO Box 75324, Lynwood Ridge, 0040, South Africa


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Abstract

We review the nature of disability claims on psychiatric grounds in the South African context, including factors contributing to disability claims, specific disorders usually leading to disability claims, impairment and disability, assessing the degree of impairment, guidelines in assessing psychiatric disability, ethical considerations, consequences of medical boarding, and rehabilitation. Psychiatrists should consider the potential benefits of supervised and mentored work rehabilitation programmes, graded return to work or an appropriate alternative position in consultation with employers.

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Disability on psychiatric grounds

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