The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a standardized evaluation of the individual’s physical abilities, tolerances, and limitations when performing work-related tasks and activities. Conducted at Seasons Health Therapies clinic in Kamloops, BC, over 1 or 2 consecutive days, these evaluations are completed by Matheson-trained Occupational Therapists or Kinesiologists. An FCE is usually conducted to inform return-to-work planning by determining the likelihood of the individual's success in regards to the physical components of future training and/or employment. An FCE is also frequently used during legal discussions for settlement or during court proceedings. The written reports, either Summary or Comprehensive, include the individual’s maximum safe working capacity, limitations and restrictions, and recommendations for activities to enhance the individual’s physical status, if appropriate.
A 1 Day FCE is suitable to determine an individual’s current physical abilities, limitations, and restrictions in relation to career decision-making. A 2 Day FCE is suitable when complex health concerns or chronic pain affect stamina and recovery from one day to the next for a individual (ie: “Can this individual work 8 hours/day over several days?”).
For both a 1 Day FCE and 2 Day FCE, either a Summary Report or a Comprehensive Report can be provided. A Summary Report provides a response to the referral question(s), data regarding functional limitations and restrictions, and maximum safe working capacity. If appropriate, it can also include recommendations to enhance an individual’s physical status. A Comprehensive Report provides all information included in the Summary Report, but it also includes the raw data collected during the FCE.