Pain pp 1081-1083 | Cite as

Functional Capacity Evaluation

  • George C. Chang ChienEmail author
  • Bryant M. England
  • Armen Haroutunian


Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) encompass formalized testing of physical and occupational capacity. FCEs are performed by specially trained physical and occupational therapists. FCEs typically require the evaluator to determine the worker’s capability to perform various work-related tasks and whether there is a match between these abilities and the essential job performance components. This may include return to work status, including recommendations for part-time, or full-time duty, duty modifications, or work-site modifications.


Work rehabilitation Functional capacity evaluation 


  1. 1.
  2. 2.
    Gouttebarge V, Wind H, Kuijer PPFM, Fringes-Dresen MHW. Reliability and validity of functional capacity evaluation methods: a systematic review of references to Blankenship system, Ergos work simulator, Ergos kit and Isernhagen work system. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2004;77:527–37.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Gross DP, Batti’e MC, Asante AK. Evaluation of a short-form functional capacity evaluation: less may be best. J Occup Rehabil. 2007;17:422–35.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Gross DP, Batti’e MC. Functional capacity evaluation performance does not predict sustained return to work in claimants with chronic back pain. J Occup Rehabil. 2005;15(3):285–94.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Wind H, Gouttebarge V, Kuijer PPFM, Fringes-Dresen MHW. Assessment of functional capacity of the musculoskeletal system in the context of work, daily living, and sport a systematic review. J Occup Rehabil. 2005;15(2):253–72.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • George C. Chang Chien
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bryant M. England
    • 3
  • Armen Haroutunian
    • 3
  1. 1.Ventura County Medical CenterVenturaUSA
  2. 2.GCC InstituteArcadiaUSA
  3. 3.Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicagoUSA

Personalised recommendations