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Measuring the fairness of IMEs

Gabrielle Lis

In a world first, researchers have launched the Basel Fairness Questionnaire (BFQ), a survey that assesses claimant perceptions of the fairness of medical assessments in compensation systems.

There are links between perceptions of injustice in compensation systems and a host of ills: slower recovery from injury, poorer physical and psychological health, failure to return to work, worse pain, more disability, increased use of healthcare services and lower self-rated quality of life. Independent medical examinations (IMEs – sometimes referred to as medical assessments) are frequently a source of tension, distrust and conflict in ...

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