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Responsiveness of the physical work performance evaluation, a functional capacity evaluation, in patients with low back pain.
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PMID:  18181009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE) is a functional capacity evaluation. This study investigated the responsiveness of the PWPE. METHODS: The internal and external responsiveness was tested. For the internal responsiveness, the change in the pre-/post-test PWPE scores of a group participating in a work rehabilitation program (n = 27) was compared to that of a comparison group of healthy subjects (n = 30). The external responsiveness was tested with the rehabilitation group, and the change in their PWPE scores was compared to concurrent and empirical criteria. RESULTS: The comparison of the change in pre-/post-test PWPE scores showed that the change for the rehabilitation group was significantly different from that for the comparison group, but only for one section of the PWPE. Changes in six criteria were seen after completion of the program, but there was no significant correlation between these changes and the change in the overall PWPE score. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The overall PWPE level of work score does not appear to have the ability to measure clinically significant changes achieved through a work rehabilitation program.
Marie-José Durand; Bruno Brassard; Quan Nha Hong; Jacques Lemaire; Patrick Loisel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational rehabilitation     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1053-0487     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Rehabil     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-19     Completed Date:  2008-08-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202814     Medline TA:  J Occup Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil, QC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Internal-External Control
Low Back Pain / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Psychometrics / instrumentation*,  methods
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Work Capacity Evaluation*

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