Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an assessment for workers who have suffered injuries that could affect their employment opportunities. The workers ability to perform work and their physical tolerances to a variety of real and/or simulated work activities is assessed.

A Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) may be requested in conjunction with a Functional Capacity Evaluation to determine the physical demands associated with the workers job. The PDA is a comprehensive assessment of the job tasks. This includes quantification (weights, frequency, and duration) of all work tasks.

Description of services

NA Functional Capacity Evaluation collects objective information relevant to the determination of feasibility for employment. This includes the identification of individual strength, abilities, needs and preferences by undertaking the following activities:

  • Subjective questionnaires
  • Real and/or simulated work activities
  • Consistency of effort measures
  • Standardized tests

Admission criteria

The program is designed for workers:

  • Who have suffered injuries that could affect their employment opportunities
  • Who have no medical contra indications
  • Whose current functional abilities and limitations need to be determined

The program is not appropriate for the worker who:

  • Meets or exceeds the physical requirements of their job and is considered fit to return to work
  • Presents with a medical condition that would put the worker at undue risk of harm
  • Is currently engaged in a treatment intervention for the same injury

Length of service

An FCE is typically one to two days in length depending on the purpose of the assessment.

Service locations

Functional Capacity Evaluations and Physical Demands Analyses are offered at NTRC clinics in the DFW area.

Workers are referred for an FCE or PDA by a Board officer. Attending physicians can refer workers to this type of assessment by verbally communicating this to the Board officer or through an Form F11.

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