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Functional capacity evaluation reports for clients with personal injury claims: A content analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15181479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) for personal injury claimants are rigorously scrutinized by the stakeholders because of their financial implications. This study examined 51 medico-legal FCE reports for clients all of whom suffered with spinal pain attributed to a motor vehicle accident. The FCEs were completed by 14 occupational therapists. Content analysis of the FCE reports identified categories and sub-categories of objective and subjective information on which occupational therapists reported. They included employment, activities of daily living, pain, functional physical capacities and job demands. Recommendations included the suitability of current and future jobs. However, the reasoning behind occupational therapists' recommendations in the FCE reports was frequently not stated. This content analysis demonstrated that these detailed FCE reports had a consistent focus on work capacity; further, the researchers suggest refinements to FCE reporting practices so that findings, recommendations and predictions about work outcomes for clients are interpreted clearly and realistically.
Shelley Allen; Adam Rainwater; Anthony Newbold; Naomi Deacon; Kelli Slatter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational therapy international     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0966-7903     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Ther Int     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-07     Completed Date:  2004-09-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433361     Medline TA:  Occup Ther Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
Department of Occupational Therapy, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Back Pain / diagnosis*
Middle Aged
Occupational Therapy* / legislation & jurisprudence
Pain Measurement
Predictive Value of Tests
Reproducibility of Results
Work Capacity Evaluation*

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