Bush, S. S. and Iverson, G. L. (eds): Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries

Abstract

The impact of behavioral disorders on the health, productivity, and performance of workers is quite significant. One study reported that mental illness alone accounted for more than 15 % of the burden of disease, in terms of direct and indirect costs, in the United States [1]. Furthermore, a review of insurance industry data revealed a considerable increase in mental health disability claims during the last several decades. This observation was partially substantiated by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute that reported a 700 % increase in work-related stress claims from 1979 to 1988 [2]. Additionally, Warren’s study revealed more than a 300 % increase in mental health claims during the last decade [3]. Given the importance of behavioral health issues in the workplace, the publication of Neurological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries could not have been timelier. The editors, Bush and Iverson, organized the book into three parts, i.e. work-related injuries, mental health and chronic pain, and professional practice issues. The chapters are logically sequenced, clearly written, and wellreferenced. Parts I and II describe common work-related injuries that are associated with temporary or permanent cognitive impairment. The authors reviewed the epidemiology, pathophysiology, presenting symptoms, natural course, diagnostic strategies, and therapeutic approaches to a number of behavioral conditions. Chapters of particular interest due to their prevalence in the workplace and ongoing controversies in terms of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation within workers’ compensation and other disability systems, included traumatic brain injury, electrical injury, neurotoxic exposure injuries, posttraumatic stress disorders, depression, and chronic pain. The chapter on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was especially noteworthy because the authors clearly articulated the popular concept that an employee with PTSD is a victim of an external event rather than a person who is unable to cope with his or her environment, and its numerous implications from a medicolegal perspective. Part III focused on practice management issues such as independent medical examinations, forensic evaluations, disability determinations, vocational rehabilitation, and evidence-based neuropsychological assessments. Given the controversial nature of work-related behavioral health claims, Part III provided critical information to assist the reader in navigating adversarial insurance systems and communicating effectively with key stakeholders involved in the management of mental health disability claims. Although occupational behavioral health claims have a tendency to be complicated and contentious, Neurological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries is an authoritative, evidence-based text that is easy to read, understand, and apply to real-world situations. Given the relatively few number of meaningful resources on the topic, this book serves as an excellent resource and is strongly recommended to professionals across a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to healthcare providers involved in neuropsychology, clinical psychiatry and psychology, forensic psychiatry and psychology, occupational medicine, and rehabilitation medicine. B. A. Barron (&) Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA e-mail: bruce_barron@urmc.rochester.edu

DOI: 10.1007/s10926-013-9468-3

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@article{Barron2013BushSS, title={Bush, S. S. and Iverson, G. L. (eds): Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries}, author={Bruce A. Barron}, journal={Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation}, year={2013}, volume={24}, pages={382-383} }