Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
Q: What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?
A: As defined by the AOTA, "a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual's capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment" (Soer, et al., 2008). An FCE is typically medically ordered by a doctor, employer, or lawyer, after an individual has sustained an injury in order to determine whether or not they can safely return to work.
Q: Who completes the FCE?
A: Our FCE trained, licensed Occupational Therapist will administer your job specific FCE or baseline FCE. She was trained through Occupro, a leader in providing evidenced based testing that provides high inter-rater reliability, intra-rater reliability, and content validity. Our testing utilizes a kinesiophysical approach, meaning the evaluator relies on mechanical changes and/or deficits to determine when an individual has met their limit.
Q: How long is the evaluation?
A: A job specific FCE can range anywhere from 2-4 hours long, depending on how many performance areas that need to be assessed. A baseline FCE, which would be utilized to determine an individual's baseline function for disability purposes, can range anywhere from 4-6 hours.
Q: What should I expect to happen during a Functional Capacity Evaluation?
A: We recommend wearing comfortable clothing during your FCE, as you will be asked to perform various physical tasks including but not limited to: reaching, lifting, carrying, grasping, pulling, pushing, bending, squatting, walking, climbing, crawling, etc.
Q: How can I prepare ahead of time for a Functional Capacity Evaluation?
A: You will be asked to provide a description of your job that outlines your specific, physical job demands. Your employer should be able to provide this for you, however if this is not available, you can discuss with your evaluator your specific physical job demands and requirements.