Korean guideline development for the evaluation of permanent impairment of the spine: Proposal by the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences committee

Young Baeg Kim, Sang Gu Lee, Chan Woo Park, Dong Jun Kim, Youn-Kwan Park, Nak Jung Sung, Sang Ho Ahn, Jae Sung Ahn, Hee Suk Shin, Bum Suk Lee, Jin Hyok Kim, Chang Hoon Jeon

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Abstract

The criteria for the evaluation of spinal impairment are diverse, complex, and have no standardized form. This makes it difficult and somewhat troublesome to accurately evaluate spinal impairment patients. A standardized guideline was studied for the evaluation of spinal impairment, based on the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides and the McBride method. This guideline proposal was developed by specialty medical societies under the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences. In this study, the grades of impairment were assessed by dividing patients into three different categories: spinal cord impairment, spinal injury impairment and spinal disorder impairment. The affected regions of the spine are divided into three: the cervical region, the thoracic region, and the lumbosacral region. The grade of impairment was differentially evaluated according to the affected region. The restricted range of motion was excluded in the evaluation spinal impairment because of low objectivity. Even though the new Korean guideline for the evaluation of spinal impairment has been proposed, it should be continuously supplemented and revised.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Volume24
Issue numberSUPPL.2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • AMA guides
  • Korean guideline
  • McBride
  • Spine impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Kim, Y. B., Lee, S. G., Park, C. W., Kim, D. J., Park, Y-K., Sung, N. J., Ahn, S. H., Ahn, J. S., Shin, H. S., Lee, B. S., Kim, J. H., & Jeon, C. H. (2009). Korean guideline development for the evaluation of permanent impairment of the spine: Proposal by the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences committee. Journal of Korean Medical Science, 24(SUPPL.2). https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2009.24.S2.S307