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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

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VILLAREJO RAMOS, A.. Proposals for scale of psychic sequels derived from traffic accidents. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2005, n.41, pp.191-201. ISSN 1135-7606.

The scale of reimbursement established in Law 34/2003 of 4 November modifying and adopting the community regulations for the legislation of private insurances includes, among other consequences derived from traffic accidents, the so-called "psychiatric syndromes". Our work analyses these psychiatric syndromes and observes two major defects. Firstly, catalogue appears to be made without considering international classifications (DSM IV and ICD X). Secondly, the quantitative assessment for reimbursement purposes is based, in only a very few cases, on criteria of symptomatic seriousness and functional deficit, as is at least, axis V of the DSM IV TR. We propose, therefore, the establishment of a new scale which, on one hand, classifies the psychic consequences according to the diagnostic categories of international classifications and, on the other hand, grants values for reimbursement purposes based on criteria of symptomatic seriousness and functional deficit, as is the case, for example with the Global Assessment of Functioning, (GAF).

Palabras clave : Psychiatric scale; Psychic injury; Assessment of psychic injury.

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