AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: How to Request, Interpret and Apply Functional Capacity Evaluations


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Understand the use of FCEs in determining disability

Bridging the gap between impairment and disability, the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability provides a practical approach to functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) in relation to assessing patients’ physical ability. With this book, readers will be able to:

  • Know the differences between various functional tests to request the appropriate type
  • Design, interpret and apply FCEs to process workers’ compensation and to rate disability
  • Clearly discuss and document how to best use the data in FCEs to assess a patient’s ability to perform work-related and non-work-related activities of daily living, or ADLs
  • Interpret and apply an FCE report and understand legal implications of FCEs

Chapter Headings

  • Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Approach to Requesting a Functional Evaluation
  • General Testing Principles for Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Baseline Functional Capacity Evaluation Components
  • Activities of Daily Living and Psychometric Questionnaires
  • Dynamic Material Handling Testing
  • Use of Computerized Extremity and Trunk Tests in Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Static Testing in Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Evaluating Movement and Positional Tolerance
  • Evaluating Aerobic Capacity
  • Assessing Evaluee Effort
  • Upper Extremity Functional Testing
  • Postoffer Functional Testing for Injury Prevention: Methodological and Practical Considerations
  • Job-Specific Functional Testing for Injury Management
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation for Patients with Chronic Pain
  • Data Analysis and the Functional Capacity Evaluation Report
  • Choosing a Functional Capacity Evaluation Evaluator
  • Clinician and Insurer Application of Functional Test Results
  • Application of the Functional Capacity Evaluation by Vocational Experts
  • Legal Issues in Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • The Scientific status of Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Conclusions and Agenda for the Future
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation Model Descriptions

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Elizabeth Genovese, Jill S. Galper


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