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Psychiatric impairment and disability assessment — proposals to improve current inadequacies

Pieter Coetzer, Andre Botha, Dick Huyser
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 8, No 3 | a928 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v8i3.928 | © 2002 Pieter Coetzer, Andre Botha, Dick Huyser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 December 2015 | Published: 01 December 2002

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Pieter Coetzer, Chief Medical Advisor, Sanlam, South Africa
Andre Botha, Escom Distribution, South Africa
Dick Huyser, Labour Consulting Services, Escom, South Africa

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Abstract

Impairment and disability assessment on psychiatric grounds has always been subjective, controversial and at best, a difficult task. The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) needs to be congratulated, firstly on being instrumental in the publication of the first ‘Guidelines to the Management of Disability Claims on Psychiatric Grounds’ 1 in 1996, and secondly on following this up with an improved and revised version in May 2002.

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