The Functional Capacity Evaluation: Efficacy & Use overview
Note: this is the first in a series about Functional Capacity Evaluation
A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a “test” or set of tests which are administered by a therapist in an attempt to evaluate the working ability (or limitations) of an individual attempting to re-enter the workforce following the conclusion of medical treatment. It is an attempt at introducing science into the capability of an individual to perform the essential functions of the job.
There are ethical issues involved in the recommendation, prescription and administration of the FCE. At its essence, the FCE will have the effect of determining the future livelihood of patients. Thus, the Hippocratic obligation of physicians to their patients should govern the recommendation/prescription of an FCE. “First – do no harm.” Where an FCE is unwarranted and unnecessarily ordered, absolute harm can flow.