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An Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluations

presented by Mitchell Voss, MS, MBA, OTR, CIEE

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Financial: Mitchell Voss receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Mitchell Voss has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 58 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

The course will provide a basic understanding of what a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) entails and the theoretical basis and models associated with the evaluation. The course will identify the specific components of the FCE and what specific tests are associated with the FCE. There will be demonstrations associated with some of the specific testing parameters, along with the outcomes associated with the completion of the test. The use of FCEs will also be examined during the course, including how they can impact the patient and set up further care. A clinician who supported and implemented the use of FCEs in the clinic setting will be interviewed to offer strategies, tips, and challenges correlating to the use of FCEs.

Meet Your Instructor

Mitchell Voss, MS, MBA, OTR, CIEE

Mitchell Voss is an occupational therapist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI, where he specializes in the efficient return-to-work facilitation of injured workers. His clinical caseload also includes individuals with hand and upper extremity injuries. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Carroll University in 2010, a Master…

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1. Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluations

This chapter will identify the purpose of functional capacity evaluations and the types of patients requiring them. The chapter will also explain the work demands identified within the test and what functional capacity evaluations are available.

2. Models and Approaches Associated With Functional Capacity Evaluations and Disability

This chapter will explain the roles of three models of disability as they relate to functional capacity evaluations. The chapter will also explore the kinesiophysical and psychophysical approach for functional capacity evaluations.

3. Guidelines and Components of Functional Capacity Evaluations

This chapter will identify what the specific contraindications are for functional capacity evaluations. The steps and common characteristics of functional capacity evaluations are discussed.

4. Results and Influences of Functional Capacity Evaluations

The outcomes of the functional capacity evaluation are identified and explained. Details are provided as to the components that could affect the outcome of a functional capacity evaluation.

5. Implementation of Functional Capacity Evaluations in the Clinic Setting

A conversation with a clinician and leader helps further understand how to implement functional capacity evaluations in the clinic. The clinician offers insights into the benefits of the utilization of functional capacity evaluations.

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