A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is set of tests, practices and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the evaluated person to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner.
FCE can be used to determine fitness to work following an extended medical leave or Temporary Disability. If an employee is unable to return to work, FCEs may be used to accurately evaluate a claimant’s tolerances with the physical demands and strength requirements as listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The FCE will evaluate physical demand tolerances include sitting, standing, walking, lifting from different heights, carrying, pushing, pulling, grasping, fingering, reaching overhead, forward reaching, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and climbing. This information will be provided to the treating physician with the goal of transiting the patient back to work.