Functional Capacity Testing

Matheson has defined functional capacity evaluation as: A systematic process of measuring and developing an individual’s capacity to dependably sustain performance in response to broadly defined work demands. He further states that a functional capacity evaluation denotes a form of work evaluation that consists of a battery of tests which focus on selected work tolerances. Work tolerances are the observed and measured physical capabilities of the evaluee that affect competence to perform the physical demands of work tasks. Summarily, an evaluation is a systematic approach to monitoring and reporting performance and includes observation, measurement, reasoning, and judgment.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a scientifically developed objective process that measures a workers physical capabilities and tolerances, also known as a workers physical demand level (PDL).

The rehabilitation professionals at Advantacare use the Matheson System. The Matheson System is a “Best Practice” model for Functional Capacity Evaluations and has two primary focuses: Answering case resolution-relevant questions for referral source and practicing hierarchy of safety, reliability, validity, practicality, and utility.

Reliability & Validity
Advantacare’s functional evaluators administer FCEs with evaluation tools and methods that are peer-reviewed, validity based and legally defensible in the field of occupational rehabilitation. All testing is performed with standardized protocols that are specific to each case in question. Each FCE will provide information on reliability of physical effort, reliability of pain reports/behaviors and safe levels of functional capacity.

Honesty & Objectivity
Advantacare provides testing results that are trustworthy. The company has the goal to provide fair, accurate, concise, objective data and information in each specific Workers’ Compensation case or any other case.

Advantacare’s functional evaluators produce FCEs that are clear, concise, timely and specific to providing case closure for the referral sources and the Workers Compensation client.The Matheson System’s standardized protocols help determine the level of participation and activity that is right for the patient following rehabilitation, thus providing the highest probability for return to work without re-injury.In order to maximize the productivity of an employee, while also avoiding injury or re-injury, it is important for both the worker as well as the employer to understand the employee’s physical potential and capabilities.