n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Disability claims on psychiatric grounds in the South African context : a review

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



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.

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