Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) - The Basics

Date: May 16, 2013
Time: 64 minutes

Deidri Daigneault, OT and Dawn Shuda, PT

This presentation provides an overview of FCE. FCEs are based upon a theoretical model of comparing job demands to worker capabilities. Historically, return-to-work decisions were based upon diagnoses and prognoses of physicians, without objective work function information. Practitioners, whose core competencies include functional evaluation, developed functional tests that examined and evaluated the ability to perform physical work functions as described in the Selected Characteristics of Occupations as Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Functional examination/evaluation, combined with diagnoses and prognoses by trained clinicians has become an accepted tool for safely returning individuals to employment. Participants will be given information on the importance of FCE’s from a medical and an employer’s standpoint, to assist in return to work, reasonable accommodation and disability determination. combined

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