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National Academies Consensus Report on Functional Assessment for Adults With Disabilities

  • Allen W. Heinemann
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    Corresponding author Allen Heinemann, PhD, FACRM, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 355 E. Erie St Suite 14S, Chicago, IL 60611.
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    Co-Editor in Chief, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
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  • Paul A. Volberding
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    School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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      On May 9, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus committee report titled “Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities.”
      National Academies of Sciences
      Engineering, and Medicine. Functional assessment for adults with disabilities.
      The motivation for the study is clear. In March, the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) provided Social Security Disability Insurance benefits to 10.1 million beneficiaries while its Supplemental Security Income programs served an additional 8.1 million recipients.
      Social Security Administration
      Monthly statistical snapshot, March 2019.
      The costs of administering its disability claims program are large and growing. Every year, SSA reviews more than 3 million claims from adults requesting disability payments for physical or mental health conditions.
      Social Security Administration
      Applications.
      Social Security Administration
      Selected data from Social Security's disability program.
      Assessing claimants’ functional abilities is a critical component of determining whether they can work on a regular and sustained basis. Even a casual reader of Archives will appreciate that measurement and prediction of human functioning in clinical and community settings is a complex and frequent topic.

      List of abbreviations:

      CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), SSA (Social Security Administration)
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