Assessment of standing in Functional Capacity Evaluations: An exploration of methods used by a sample of occupational therapists

Nicholls, Anna, Gibson, Libby, McKenna, Kryss, Gray, Marion and Wielandt, Trish (2011) Assessment of standing in Functional Capacity Evaluations: An exploration of methods used by a sample of occupational therapists. Work, 38 2: 145-153.


Author Nicholls, Anna
Gibson, Libby
McKenna, Kryss
Gray, Marion
Wielandt, Trish
Title Assessment of standing in Functional Capacity Evaluations: An exploration of methods used by a sample of occupational therapists
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-2011-1116
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 153
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective:
The primary aim of the study was to explore the current practice of occupational therapists when assessing standing performance during Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs).

Methods:
A semi-structured interview was conducted with occupational therapists and the participants were interviewed using both open and closed questions. Participants: A sample of occupational therapists (n=20) from Queensland, Australia were involved in a survey. They were all experienced in conducting FCEs.

Results:
Ninety percent of the respondents used a distracting task during the assessment of standing with standardised and non-standardised nuts and bolts assembly tasks the most commonly used. Respondents reported using a mix of biophysical, physiological and psychophysical clinical observations to assess standing. The nuts and bolts assembly activities used by the respondents were rated to be of low interest in terms of engaging the client.

Conclusions:
It was identified there are minimal guidelines in the literature which focuses on assessment of standing in FCEs. Questions were raised regarding the adequacy of the use of nuts and bolts activities as a suitably distracting task in FCEs and further research is required on assessing standing in functional capacity evaluation including the use of suitably distracting activities.
Keyword Functional capacity evaluation
Standing assessments
Standing performance
Distracting activities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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