What did the GP say? Making sense of a claimant’s self-report about care received

Drs Hugh Koch, Faye Fraser, Chris Harrop, and Elizabeth Boyd discuss the importance of careful analysis of GP records in forming a robust expert opinion

24 Aug 2015

A robust psychological opinion is based on five sets of data: the claimant's self-report of history and complaints, the expert's observation of the presentation and mental state of the claimant, any objective psychological or behavioural testing data, the claimant's medical records, and any other collateral sources of information (see 'The importance of medical records in psychological cases', B Leckart, WETC Psychology Newsletter (April 2013)). Medico-legal postulates (as discussed in 'Robust opinions need robust reasoning: 15 medico-legal postulates',...

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