Disability claims on psychiatric grounds in the South African context: A review

Matlhodi T Mokoka, Solomon T Rataemane, Monika dos Santos


We review the nature of disability claims on psychiatric grounds in the South African context, including factors contributing to disability claims, specific disorders usually leading to disability claims, impairment and disability, assessing the degree of impairment, guidelines in assessing psychiatric disability, ethical considerations, consequences of medical boarding, and rehabilitation. Psychiatrists should consider the potential benefits of supervised and mentored work rehabilitation programmes, graded return to work or an appropriate alternative position in consultation with employers.


Disability on psychiatric grounds

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v18i2.290

Submitted: 25 February 2011
Published: 01 May 2012

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