Function Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluations are provided by certified functional evaluators, either physiotherapists or occupational therapists, using standardized, industry accepted testing procedures. Testing includes evaluation of physical abilities, evaluation of consistency and degree of effort, and determination of ability to work.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
This comprehensive assessment is performed by a certified functional evaluator. A detailed report is provided including a documentary review, physical abilities testing, identification of effort, validity and consistency. This service is intended to assist in decisions regarding ability to work.

Functional Capacity Evaluation – Two Day (FCE)
A complete physical abilities assessment is carried out over two days to evaluate the individual’s abilities and response to activity over consecutive days. Consecutive evaluation days are useful for determining ability for individuals with chronic conditions like arthritis, chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndrome or fibromyalgia.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an intensive short-term (usually one-day) evaluation that focuses on major physical tolerance abilities related to musculoskeletal strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility. Also, known as a physical capacity evaluation (PCE), functional capacity assessment (FCA), work capacity evaluation (WCE), or informally as “functional testing.” FCE is not only a useful clinical tool, but also a baseline for industry-standard results that clearly define an individual’s transition from injury to employment, and from disability to deployment. The FCE also assists in determination of the examinee’s capacity to meet the physical demands of domestic life and recreational activity.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an umbrella term that refers to the physical evaluation of an injured worker or accident victim in the areas of strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, physical effort and cognitive functioning.

Only a trained, certified and dedicated rehabilitation professional can produce a reliable, defendable and valid Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).

The FCE test procedure includes completion of written questionnaires, an interview, and participation in physical activities and work simulation activities. Tests are administered using standardized protocols and procedures.

Testing is typically completed in one day over a 6-8 hour period.

A distinguishing feature of the FCE as a health examination is that it allows for a determination of response to repeated activity, prolonged static postures, and sustained activity over a period of time.
Key elements of the FCE are the determination of the level of physical effort produced by the examinee and the analysis of the examinee’s reliability in reporting pain and disability.

At the conclusion of the assessment the evaluator provides a comprehensive report documenting the findings and observations, the examinee’s subjective reports, and an analysis of the examinee’s abilities and limitations pertaining to work, household, and leisure activities.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation identifies the following:
– The examinee’s capacity to meet the physical demands of a specific occupation.
– The examinee’s ability to safely and durably return to work at his or her pre-injury occupation or aspired occupation;
– The examinee’s functional abilities and limitations pertaining to work, clerical, household, and recreational activities;
– The examinee’s level of effort demonstrated during the assessment and the accuracy of subjective reports of pain and associated disability as compared to objective test findings;
– Recommendations for assisting with return to gainful employment and rehabilitation recommendations if indicated.

Post-Offer, pre-placement testing (PPT) and job analysis
A Post-Offer, pre-placement testing (PPT) and job analysis entails testing and analysis that ensures an applicant’s physical abilities match the demands of the job. For any organization that places applicants in jobs with high levels of physical exertion or dexterity, or jobs with a history of injuries, Post-Offer, pre-placement testing and job analysis is a crucial step in avoiding injury and its costs.