Disability Benefits Questionnaires (“DBQs”) are standardized forms that are used by VA clinicians when performing disability examinations, or Compensation and Pension (“C&P”) exams. VA now uses more than 80 different DBQs with standardized language and check boxes to streamline the information intake process and ensure timely and accurate ratings decisions.
DBQs, first used in 2010, were originally developed to give veterans an improved method to submit private medical evidence to support their disability claims. As recently as April 2020, DBQs were available for download from the VA website for use by private physicians and therapists. On April 2, 2020, VA abruptly removed all “public-facing” DBQs from its website. (VA Announcement)
However, VA continues to use Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) during disability examinations.
**Even though VA has removed DBQs from its website, VA will still accept DBQs that are submitted with any claim for disability compensation benefits.