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What is an FCE?

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A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is ordered when a doctor is looking for a snapshot of what a person can do functionally at that point and time. How much can the injured worker lift? Can he or she climb a ladder? Can the individual pull, push, squat, walk, stand or sit for certain periods of time?

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AMA Guidelines for Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)

define FCE as “the objective measurement of a person’s ability to perform functional work activities

In 2009 the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: How to Request, Interpret and Apply Functional Capacity Evaluations, the authors define FCE as “the objective measurement of a person’s ability to perform functional work activities.” Medical reasons for an FCE include:

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The Benefits of a Functional Capacity Evaluation Test (FCE)


A Functional Capacity Evaluation Test (FCE) is a three to four-hour testing process that provides a snapshot of what a person can do at the time. It looks at things like flexibility, strength, endurance, dynamic material handling, repetitive activities and consistency of effort. Basically, it assesses a person's capability to carry out tasks so the person’s abilities can be matched to job demands.

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