3.1. Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) Forms
Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are medical examination forms used to obtain important information for evaluating disability compensation and/or pension claims. VA physicians use DBQs when performing C&P exams for VA disability.
The purpose of a DBQ is to ensure that the physician performing the exam records all the information needed for VA to properly rate a disabled veteran’s conditions.
On 4/2/2020, VA sent a bulletin stating the Discontinuance of Publicly Available Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs). VA states they are "modernized"; whereby they are currently more than half-way through the process of updating all body systems in the VASRD (VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities), since the last update in 1945. As each body system is updated, so are the corresponding DBQs.
GOOD NEWS: The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 signed into law on January 5, 2021, required VA to reinstate the public use Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) and publish them on VA’s website.
In compliance with this Act, the public facing DBQs have been published and are available as of March 1, 2021, at the following link: here.