OccuPro Research Highlights the Success of OccuPro's Functional Capacity Evaluation

OccuPro's FCE is used for assessing a client's readiness to return to work.

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OccuPro, a company providing medical professionals and employers with the latest in functional capacity evaluation software and continuing education, is highlighting a 2018 publication titled “An evaluation of the inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of OccuPro’s functional capacity evaluation.” The publication is a review and evaluation of three separate studies conducted on injured and un-injured adults to evaluate the inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of OccuPro's Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) (upper extremity and material handling subtests).

OccuPro’s FCE assesses work-based abilities along with whether a client is putting forth full/consistent effort and whether their pain reports are reliable. It determines how much of a job an injured employee can perform and can be used for disability purposes. OccuPro offers both a baseline FCE, which tests the overall physical demands of gainful employment, and a job-specific FCE, which compares functional abilities to the physical demands of a job.

The three tests conducted were done to evaluate the FCE’s inter-rater and intra-rater reliability. The results noted in the publication, a joint collaboration of Concordia University of Wisconsin and OccuPro, indicated one study showed that OccuPro’s functional capacity evaluation four upper extremity subtests have moderate to excellent inter-rater reliability. A second and third study shows that the inter-rater reliability of subjects in the study were excellent and intra-reliability was moderate to good.

The overall conclusion that can be drawn is that multiple therapists could use OccuPro's FCE system with the same patient or multiple patients and have confidence they will achieve consistent results and make sound return-to-work or residual functional capacity decisions.

Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE

Co-Owner and COO of OccuPro

“The overall conclusion that can be drawn is that multiple therapists could use OccuPro’s FCE system with the same patient or multiple patients and have confidence they will achieve consistent results and make sound return-to-work or residual functional capacity decisions,” says Jim Mecham, MSIE, OTR/L, CPE, Co-Owner and COO of OccuPro. “This is of particular importance as worker illness and injury is costing employers in the United States $225.8 billion annually, according to a CDC report. Illness and injury also mean less wages for employees and decreased productivity.”

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OccuPro provides medical professionals with FCE, Return-to-Work, and Work Conditioning Software, continuing education, and world-renowned certification. To learn more, visit www.occupro.net or contact Jim Mecham at 866.470.4440 or at jmecham@occupro.net.

Source: OccuPro


Categories: Research and Development, Medical Research

Tags: Industrial Rehabilitation, Material Handling, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Referrals, Rehab Program, Return to Work, Work Conditioning, Work Hardening, Workers' Comp


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