A person’s ability to work can be represented by the interaction between the individual’s functional abilities and environmental demands. In clinical and policy settings, it is important to have efficient tools to characterize work-related functional abilities systematically and comprehensively. The goal of the symposium is to discuss ongoing research focusing on several projects that are advancing methods and frameworks for best practices in identifying, evaluating, and assessing mental functioning as it relates to work disability. Specifically, this symposium will discuss how to use novel measurement approaches such as computer adaptive testing and clinical informatics in the domains of mental health, cognitive, and mental functioning. Together, this group of studies have applications for a variety of stakeholders, such as researchers, policymakers and healthcare providers who are interested in using mental functioning information data to support improved outcomes of care and inform disability policy for persons with potentially disabling health conditions.
Articulate the challenges in identifying and organizing information on mental functioning at the ICF activity level from clinical documents
Describe potential methods for systematically relating mental functioning to the demands of various jobs
Discuss the usefulness of innovative methods such as computer adaptive testing and natural language processing for assessing work-related mental functioning for clinicians and research audiences