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The Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS)

The Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS)

In June 2016, the SABS will be introducing the 6th edition of the AMA Guides in order to combine the physical with mental/behavioural for CAT determination. On the OCF 19, the mental and behaviour criterion states: “A mental or behavioural impairment, excluding...
The Use of a Structured Interview for the GOS(e)

The Use of a Structured Interview for the GOS(e)

The previous post in our GOS(e) series provided an overview of the scale and its application in practice. In this post we will take a closer look at the structured interview used during the assessment. In 1998, Wilson et al[1] provided the following questions that...
The GOS-E will replace the GCS: What we need to know

The GOS-E will replace the GCS: What we need to know

In 1981, the Extended Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS-E) was proposed. It includes 8 categories. The categories of severe disability, moderate disability and good recovery on the original GOS are divided into a lower and upper category. This outcome is generally assessed...
The Minor Injury Guideline

The Minor Injury Guideline

The Minor Injury Guideline (MIG) is probably one of the most critical of the amendments that were made to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) in September 2010.  Presented as an interpretive guide, the MIG limits medical/rehabilitation benefits to $3500...