Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

The Exceptional Patient

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Atypical Patient Needs

Some would argue that the patient who wants to return to work is the exception. However, the true exception is the highly educated, managerial-executive patient who is unprepared for the nature of the workers-compensation system.

Such individuals are not familiar with a health care system in which they have so little input, in which records are not privileged, and in which the rate of financial is impressively far from their pre-injury income.

These patients are not familiar with a passive role in their health care, with providers being assigned to them, with authorization being required for treatment or with increasing financial limitations.

For the white collar, managerial/executive worker, industrial injury is fraught with frustrations and disappointments. They most often seek psychological care during their injury because of a sense of helplessness and fear of an uncertain future.

 

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