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Functional Capacity Evaluation Research: Report from the Fourth International Functional Capacity Evaluation Research Meeting


Purpose To summarize progress of functional capacity evaluation (FCE) research based on the proceedings of the Fourth International FCE Research Conference held in Switzerland on September 21 and 22, 2018. Methods A scientific committee identified key issues in FCE research and developed the program including key note presentations, a call for abstracts, and round table discussions over 2 days. Highlights of the presentations and discussions are summarized in this article. Results Seventy-nine participants from 11 countries attended the conference where 10 keynote lectures and 21 abstracts were presented. There was also an open discussion regarding the need for an International FCE clinical practice guideline (CPG), methods for developing such a guideline, and practical next steps. Full program details and abstracts from this Fourth International FCE Research Conference are available from Conclusions Researchers and clinicians continue to increase the body of knowledge in the FCE field. A major finding of this conference is the diversity across the different FCE protocols and research groups as well as of the different uses of FCE across cultural and social economic systems. Next steps will include exploring the development of an international, interdisciplinary, evidence-based FCE clinical practice guideline by a committee formed at the conference.

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The following FCE researchers and clinicians have actively contributed to the discussion on research needs, reviewed this brief report, and agreed to be acknowledged for their contributions: T. Hornung, I.Herzog-Zwitter, A. Klipstein, R. Kunz, S. De Baets, D. van de Velde, J. Ansuategui Echeita, R. Knöpfel, M. Steibelt, T. Alles, C. Burrus, R. Berduszek, H. Huwiler, B. Tissi, C. Roossien, R Soer, R. Sellars, M.Schindl, U. Schwarzer.

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Edelaar, M.J.A., Oesch, P.R., Gross, D.P. et al. Functional Capacity Evaluation Research: Report from the Fourth International Functional Capacity Evaluation Research Meeting. J Occup Rehabil 30, 475–479 (2020).

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  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Work assessment
  • Disability evaluation
  • Return-to-work
  • Insurance medicine