Category: The Sociology of Injury

Checkers

Checkers vs. Chess: “It may be difficult to trace the origins of healthcare becoming a competitive sport where doctors and patients interchangeably attempt to manipulate each other. It may have begun innocently enough with patients being untruthful about their diet and exercise or doctors being frustrated that they had to jump through hoops to obtain payment from …

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Exit

Exit: Life after injury is not ideal, but it is often much like a paid vacation. The 1944 French novel “Huis Clos” (trans: “No Exit”), by existentialist Jean Paul-Sartre, was required reading in many French (and English) college curricula. The play essentially reminds us that there is no greater hell than being trapped with other people …

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Injury

Injury: If a wealthy man were to win the Lottery, his spending behavior is unlikely to be significantly altered. He was already in touch with his material and investment needs and was deprived of neither. A sudden influx of lottery money is most often applied to the same rules and limits that he has acquired. …

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Vice Grip

Vice-Grip: Within workers’ compensation there is continual pressure to address only that which seems immediately and plausibly related to injury. Any other assessment or treatment plan is denied. Indeed, even those complaints clearly related to injury may be denied, including tests, medications, and procedures. In this system we become conditioned that if it feels unrelated, then …

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Mis-management

Mis-Management: Many psychological complications arise from case mis-management when clear signs of emerging problems go unnoticed. Missing the need for psychological assistance can be decidedly easy and difficult to fault: a. The ATP (authorizing treating physician) can exclusively focus upon the physical pathology, limitations, functional capacity, and objective need for post-injury treatment. S/he can ignore any …

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traumatic

Traumatic

Traumatic events: As an employer, do you want the employee back in the workforce before s/he has had ample time for treatment, …
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freedom

Freedom

Freedom: It is important to look at the patient’s history of medical compliance. One of the forms patients complete …
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family

Family

A psychological disorder by definition exists when there is an impairment in social and occupational functioning.  The individual …
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