What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive battery of performance-based tests commonly used to determine the ability for work, activities of daily living, or leisure activities. The need for functional evaluation was identified in the 1980s by workers’ compensation systems that required specific information about worker functional capacities and limitations to expedite the return-to-work process. Historically, return-to-work decisions were based …

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