ARTICLE: PDF OnlyWHAT MAKES A GOOD DISABILITY EVALUATION REPORT?Salan, Sandra Z. MDAuthor Information Social Security Administration, Office of Disability, Division of Medical and Vocational Policy, Baltimore, Maryland. The Neurologist: September 1998 - Volume 4 - Issue 5 - p 269-276 Buy Abstract BACKGROUND- The three largest disability programs in the United States spend millions of dollars each year to obtain the medical information needed to make disability decisions. Neurologists are often requested to provide medical information about their patients. Communication between neurologists and disability adjudicators can frequently be frustrating because physicians and disability programs have different goals and technical languages. REVIEW SUMMARY- To facilitate the communication between neurologists and disability adjudicators, an overview of the three largest disability programs in the United States is provided. An explanation of the medical information needed by the programs is given, along with an acronym to help effectuate the writing of a good disability evaluation report. CONCLUSIONS- A patient's treating neurologist can provide the most valuable disability evaluation report. This report should be as objective and descriptive as possible and focus on portraying the overall functional status of the patient. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.