The disability interview forms have been designed for use in self-help situations
and should be completed by the applicant when appropriate (DI 11005.018B.2). The questions are written at the sixth grade reading level, which is the SSA
standard, and are self-explanatory. Therefore, no specific instructions are provided
for their completion.
The information collected provides the DDS with a detailed explanation of the claimant's
medical history, functional abilities, effects of pain, and any work history, which
are essential to the disability determination.