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Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) can be used by a wide range of healthcare professionals to provide pertinent information to lawyers, case managers, and insurance companies regarding an individual’s capacity to work. An FCE measures the ability of an individual to perform functional or work-related tasks. It also predicts the potential to sustain these tasks over a defined time frame.
Clinics can increase their revenue and gain clientele by performing FCEs. Most clinics will more than likely already have most, if not all, of the necessary equipment needed to perform FCEs, meaning that the cost to get started will be minimal.
What Makes webFCE Unique?
Confidently deliver FCE reports to physicians, employers, and legal professionals.
No Expensive Equipment
Easily conduct an FCE using standard physical therapy equipment and tests.
Efficiently assess up-to-date, peer-reviewed, valid FCE outcomes. Perfect for legal cases.
Pricing designed to be affordable for everyone performing FCEs.
What Types of Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) Does webFCE’s Software Include?
One-Day Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive evaluation used to help physicians, employers, case managers, insurance companies, and lawyers establish a patient’s functional abilities and whether it is safe for someone to return to work. An FCE contains performance-based tests that help determine a person’s ability to work, as well as their level of functioning or residual functional abilities. The entire test is performed in one day and averages about 2-4 hours to complete.
Two-Day Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
Similar to a one day FCE but instead of testing being completed in one day, it is completed over a two day period, thus giving a better picture of how the client is able to perform over time.
Job/Occupation Specific FCE (Basic or Comprehensive)
This type of Functional Capacity Evaluation compares the individual’s physical abilities to a specific job or occupation. It also assists in determining whether or not the client can safely meet the essential physical functions of his/her job. This type of FCE will compare the individual’s strength results and associated job factor activities against a specific job’s/occupation’s strength category & job factor activities. This test will also list any other physical restrictions/limitations found during the test.
General FCE (Non-Job Specific)
A general FCE helps determine an individual’s general physical abilities as well as the type of work that can be safely performed. The individual’s functional abilities, however, are not matched to the physical demands of a specific job/occupation. A general FCE does not compare results against the “job factor activities” of a specific job/occupation. It does, however, determine the individual’s overall strength category rating along with any other physical restrictions/limitations found during the test.
Return-to-Work (RTW) FCE
A return-to-work FCE is indicated when an injured employee is at MMI (maximum medical improvement) and has reached a point in his/her rehabilitation where they are failing to make any further significant functional progress. This type of FCE might also be recommended if the employee is working with restrictions (modified duty) and the employer/medical professional wants to see if the employee is now capable of handling his/her pre-injury job. Early return-to-work FCEs are done in the initial stages of a worker’s rehabilitation in an effort to identify the job tasks that the worker can perform safely on a modified basis, or if the worker can actually meet the pre-injury job requirements. The test can be repeated until full duty is reached.
Disability Determination FCE
This FCE is usually performed on people with chronic injuries or disease that are applying for SSD (social security disability). The person sent for this type of FCE is generally considered to have reached MMI (maximum medical improvement). The purpose of this test is to document residual functional abilities or to assist in the claim settlement and/or case closure process. The type of FCE performed is usually a general (non-job specific) FCE that is completed over 1 or 2 days.
Short Form Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
Similar format to the One Day-FCE but can be usually completed in less than 45 minutes. Due to the significantly shorter time required to complete a Short Form FCE it can be easily performed on a monthly basis to help document an individual’s progress over time. This FCE is usually done early on and during the rehabilitation program and will also document rehabilitation goals. You also still have the option to choose either a “General or Job Specific FCE” just as with the One Day FCE. The Short Form FCE will also graph the individual’s progress over time.
Equipment You’ll Need to Perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)
All the equipment you need to perform FCEs is likely already in your clinic.
|ITEM||FCE TEST||PRICE RANGE||PICTURE|
|Scale (Weight)||Weight||$10.00 – $150.00|
|Tape Measure, Yard Stick||
Sit & Reach,
|$4.50 – $20.00|
Heart Rate Monitor (HR App to Blood
Pressure Cuff, etc)
|Heart Rate measurement||$10.00 – $50.00|
|Blood Pressure Monitor or Cuff||Blood Pressure measurement|
|Stop Watch||All Timed Tests||$0 (built into software or use an App)|
|Standard Chair (No cushions) approx 46 cm in height||Sit to stand test Get up and Go Chair Sit & Reach||$30.00 – $100.00|
|Treadmill or Walking Track||Walking Test, &
|$0 (walking Track) – $1000.00|
|Weights ranging from 1-10 lbs
Weights: 10 lb x 10
|Weights: 10 lb x 10 Lift, Carry, Push, Pull||$45.00 – $150.00|
|Lifting Box or Milk Crate||Lift/Carry Test||$4.75 – $175.00|
|8 foot Shelf with Adjustable Shelf Heights||Lift/Carry Test||$60.00 – $500.00|
|Push Pull Sled or Cart with Locking Wheels||Push/Pull Test||$45.00 – $200.00|
|6 or 8 foot: 2 x 4 piece of wood||Balance Test||$15.00 -$ 50.00|
|Set of Stairs or Step Stool||Step Test||$10.00 – $40.00|
|Standard Pinch Gauge||Hand Strength||$40.00 – $150.00|
|Hand Fine Motor||$1.00 – $2.50|
|Hot Pack (Warm Cloth),
Cold Pack (Cold Cloth),
Piece of Sand Paper,
Piece of Cotton Cloth
|Sensory Testing||$30.00 – $50.00|
|Carrying Bag or FCE Lifting Box
|Carry – Single Arm||$15.00 – $80.00|
|8 Foot Step Ladder
|Ladder Test||$30.00 -$100.00|
|Jamar Grip Dynamometer (Optional)||Hand Strength||$100.00 – $260.00|
|Box & Block Test
|Gross Motor||$180.00 – $250.00|
|Moberg Pick up Test
|Fine Motor||$5.00 – $20.00|
webFCE Software is Designed Around Peer-Reviewed Research
webFCE is based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles-Residual Functional Capacity (DOT-RFC) Battery and has been shown to demonstrate face and content validity, construct validity, and reliability.1,2 The DOT-RFC Battery was created by Dr. Fishbain, et al. to identify the medical impairment of a person, express it in terms of functional limitations, and ultimately calculate the person’s actual work capacity.1 The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) is used in the evaluation process and defines numerous occupations and categorizes them into one of five progressively increasing strength classifications: sedentary, light, medium, heavy and very heavy.3
As a peer-reviewed FCE software, webFCE includes consistency of effort (patient validity testing), full-time work tolerance, outcome measurements, and cardio-respiratory testing. These additional assessments are critical to creating a comprehensive report and in determining a client’s true functional abilities and work capacity.
Every aspect of our software is supported with peer-reviewed literature for:
- Reliability and validity
- Work physiology: Eight-hour work tolerance
- Consistency of effort
- Standardized testing
The DOT-RFC Battery is legally defensible. It has been found to demonstrate:
- Excellent face and construct validity2,4
- Good test/re-test reliability1,5
- Good intra-rater reliability1,5
- Strong content validity2,4
- Predictive validity2
1. Fishbain AA, et al. Measuring residual functional capacity in chronic low back pain patients based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, SPINE 1994; 19(8)872-880.
2. Fishbain AA, et al. Validity of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles-Residual Functional Capacity Battery. Clin J Pain 1999; 15(2):102-110.
3. U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Dictionary of Occupational Titles, 4th edition: Supplement. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1986.
4. Innes E, Straker L. Validity of work related assessments. WORK 1999;13(2):125-152.
5. Innes E, Straker L. Reliability of work related assessments. WORK 1999;13(2):107-124