What is the VA DBQ?

What is the VA DBQ? 

A VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) is a form used to convey medical information to the VA for consideration in deciding your VA disability claim. Here’s what you need to know about how they’re used, where to find them, and who completes them. 

There are Many Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ)

DBQ refers not to a specific form but to a type of form. The VA actually uses a great many different DBQs, many of which are specific to a particular medical condition. These forms help guide the medical professional in ensuring that the information the VA relies on will be provided. This is accomplished through specific questions on the form and by including the VA’s diagnostic criteria on the form.

  • Separation Health Assessment DBQ 
  • Category DBQs include:
    • Oral and dental
    • Eye conditions
    • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Artery and vein conditions
    • Heart conditions
    • Skin diseases
    • Endocrine conditions
    • Thyroid and parathyroid conditions
    • Ear problems
    • Conditions of the nose, throat, larynx and pharynx
    • Esophageal disorders
    • Gallbladder and pancreas conditions
    • Liver conditions
    • Rectum and anus conditions
    • Problems of the stomach and duodenum
    • Kidney conditions
    • Disorders of the male reproductive organs
    • Urinary tract conditions
    • Gynecological conditions
    • Breast issues
    • Hematologic and lymphatic conditions
    • Infectious diseases
    • Persian Gulf/Afghanistan infectious diseases
    • Ankle conditions
    • Back problems
    • Bone and other skeletal conditions
    • Problems with the elbow and forearm
    • Foot conditions
    • Hand and finger issues
    • Hip and thigh conditions
    • Knee and lower leg problems
    • Neck problems
    • Shoulder and/or arm problems
    • Temporomandibular disorders
    • Central nervous system and neuromuscular diseases
    • Eating disorders
    • Mental disorders
    • Respiratory conditions
    • Wrist conditions
    • Autoimmune diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Scars
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Loss of sense of smell and/or taste
  • Hernias
  • Intestinal infections diseases
  • Intestinal surgical issues
  • Peritoneal adhesions
  • HIV-related illness
  • Tuberculosis
  • Amputations
  • Muscle injuries
  • Osteomyelitis
  • ALS
  • Cranial nerve conditions
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • PTSD
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Spina bifida

VA physicians use these forms when conducting a C&P examination. But, they aren’t the only ones. Private medical providers can also complete these forms. However, it will be up to you to obtain the proper form from the VA’s website and take that form to your doctor. Then, you’ll need to submit the form to the VA. 

VA Disability Claims Can Be Complicated

The DBQ form is just one example of the many aspects of a VA disability claim that you may not be aware of or fully understand. The best way to ensure that you don’t leave anything out of your claim or make mistakes that could lead to denial or delay in processing your VA disability claim is to work with an experienced advocate. At Veterans Help Group, we have in-depth knowledge of the VA disability claims process–and also of the various ways you may challenge a negative determination. 

To learn more about how we can help, call (855) 855-8992 right now, or contact us here now.


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