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FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION (FCE)

"Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE): A comprehensive battery of performance-based tests that are commonly used to determine ability for work, activities of daily living, or leisure activities." APTA's workers' compensation glossary

The AMA has a publication, "Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: How to Request, Interpret and Apply Functional Capacity Evaluations." This tome is billed as "Bridging the gap between impairment and disability, the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability provides a practical approach to functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) in relation to assessing patients' physical ability." Readers will be able to "Design, interpret and apply FCEs to process workers' compensation and to rate disability."

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Regulations/Rules  
Forms There are two DWCforms that attempt to assess functional capacities: page 5 of the PR-4 and Physician's Return-to-Work & Voucher Report (for injuries on or after 1/1/13).

PR-4

Form 10133.36

 
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Articles
The Functional Capacity Evaluation FCE AMA   
Magazine Articles The Functional Capacity Evaluation: Interview with Marc J. Rabideau, PT

The Functional Capacity Evaluation: The Science Behind Functional Capacity Evaluations: Interview with Alan Blitzblau
FCE: Rabideau


FCE: Blitzblau


 
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