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What is Consultative Examination?

Definition of Consultative Examination

Consultative examinations may be required by the Social Security Administration if a Social Security Disability claimant does not have sufficient evidence of disability for the disability examiner to determine they are disabled or if the claimant has failed to see the proper specialist for their condition. Consultative examinations allow a claimant to provide information to a doctor (who is not affiliated with the federal government) and hopefully receive an objective review of their physical or mental health status. Mental health consultative examinations are done by psychiatrists or psychologists and can include psychological testing, mental status examinations or clinical examinations. The Consultative examination can include testing to determine the mental and physical residual functional capacity of each claimant and should provide enough information to the disability examiner for them to determine if a Social Security Disability claimant is disabled.

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