I didn’t realise until I talked to Barry at the meeting that he is is now a permanent Tasmanian resident – hopefully this will help boost the depleting numbers of local occupational specialists.
Barry’s presentation was about his take on IME assessments and I thought it was worthwhile posting his presentation so that perspectives other than my own get an airing on this site.
My take home messages:
- “it is essential doctors always use their skills and authority to always act in the patient’s best interests”
- “being an IME shouldn’t be a vocation in itself”
- the challenges for IME assessment that stem from developments in the understanding of the mechanisms of chronic pain
- the value of “Peer review audit of reports”
- the value of IME assessors getting together to discuss impairment assessment methodology to improve consistency
A worthwhile read!