Use of job-specific functional capacity evaluation to predict the return to work of patients with a distal radius fracture

Shu Kei Cheng, Stella W.C. Cheng

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We examined the predictive validity of a job-specific functional capacity evaluation (FCE) in relation to the return to work of patients with a distal radius fracture. METHOD: Return-to-work recommendations for 194 participants with a distal radius fracture were based on FCE performance. Three months after the evaluation, participants were contacted to ascertain their employment status to examine the predictive validity of each FCE-based rating. RESULTS: The recommendation return to previous job (94.83%) was correct more often than the recommendations do not work at the moment (60.47%), change job (52.63%), and return to previous job with modifications (9.38%). A longer period from injury to FCE and compensable injury reduces the predictive ability of job-specific FCE. CONCLUSION: Job-specific FCE shows a better predictive validity in relation to the return to work of patients with a specific injury, such as a distal radius fracture, than of patients with a nonspecific injury.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-452
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Predictive value of tests
  • Radius fractures
  • Work capacity evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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