What’s new

Transfer of tasks in work disability assessments in European social security

MDMD, MD, MB ChB; First Published March 5, 2020 in the European Journal of Social Security: DOI: 10.1177/1388262720910307


EU Guidelines on Ethics in AI. Briefing 2019

ISSA Report – 10 Global Challenges for Social Security

ISSA Report – 10 Global Challenges. Europe

Presentations of the Brussels meeting in February 2020


Presentations of the Paris meeting in September 2019


Presentations of the Brussels meeting in March 2019


Social Security in Estonia –  Social Security in Israel


EUMASS report 1/2019. Task support, delegation, and shifting in Social Security assessments in Europe. Commissioned by EU/ Structural Reform Support Service
Sören Brage, Annette de Wind, François Latil and Nerys Williams

EUMASS report 1/2019. Comprehensive survey responses


Guidelines of Conduct for Insurance Physicians


Presentations of the Reykjavik meeting June 2018: Social security in Iceland


Systematic review interrater reliability – BMJ

 What is already known on this topic

Social and private disability insurers use medical experts to evaluate claimants with impaired health to determine eligibility for disability benefits. Anecdotal evidence suggests that experts often disagree in their judgment of capacity to work when assessing the same claimant

What this study adds

This systematic review of 23 reproducibility studies from 12 countries shows a lack of good quality data applicable to the real world of disability assessment In most studies, medical experts reached only low to moderate reproducibility in their judgment of capacity to work.
Studies reported higher reproducibility when experts used a standardised evaluation procedure.These findings are disconcerting and call for substantial investment in research to improve assessment of disability