Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy provides functional capacity evaluations to fit your individual needs.
A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a systematic process of assessing an individual's physical capacities and functional abilities. The FCE matches human performance levels to the demands of a specific job or work activity or occupation. The FCE establishes the physical level of work an individual can perform.
The FCE is useful in determining job placement, job accommodation, or return to work after injury or illness. FCEs can provide objective information regarding functional work ability in the determination of occupational disability status. The FCE may be used to:
The functional capacity evaluation assesses:
An effective FCE determines whether there is a match between the individual's functional capabilities, and the physical demands of work. Typically, an FCE focuses on a job goal rather than on individual aptitudes, interest, and temperaments. The individual's psychosocial behaviors are assessed in relation to appropriate worker traits. There are two types of FCE:
A physical or occupational therapist trained to administer FCEs will evaluate you. The session lasts between two and four hours depending on the individual's needs.
The process involves filling out pain and function questionnaires and completing physical tasks that have been selected by the evaluator and that will best meet the individual's needs. The FCE evaluator will analyze the data collected from the session to reflect the specific objective information regarding functional work ability in the determination of occupational disability status.
To make an appointment for a functional capacity evaluation or for more information, please call 919-684-2445.
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