Inter-and intra-rater reliability of the manual handling component of the WorkHab Functional Capacity Evaluation

James, Carole, Mackenzie, Lynette and Capra, Mike (2011) Inter-and intra-rater reliability of the manual handling component of the WorkHab Functional Capacity Evaluation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 19-20: 1797-1804. doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.548896


Author James, Carole
Mackenzie, Lynette
Capra, Mike
Title Inter-and intra-rater reliability of the manual handling component of the WorkHab Functional Capacity Evaluation
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
1464-5165
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2010.548896
Volume 33
Issue 19-20
Start page 1797
End page 1804
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The WorkHab Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is widely used in Australian workplace injury management and occupational rehabilitation arenas; however, there is a lack of published literature regarding its reliability and validity. Purpose.This study investigated the intra-and inter-rater reliability of the manual handling component of this FCE. Method.A DVD was produced containing footage of the manual handling components of the WorkHab conducted with four injured workers. Therapist raters (n=17) who were trained and accredited in use of the WorkHab FCE scored these components and 14 raters re-evaluated them after approximately 2 weeks. Ratings were compared using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs), paired sample t-tests (intra-rater), chi-squared (inter-rater) and percentage agreement. Results.Intra-rater agreement was high with ICCs for the manual handling components and manual handling score showing excellent reliability (0.940.98) and good reliability for identification of the safe maximal lift (ICC: 0.81). Overall inter-rater agreement ranged from good to excellent for the manual handling components and safe maximal lift determination (ICC>0.9). Agreement for safe maximal lift identification was good. Conclusions.Ratings demonstrated substantial levels of intra-rater and inter-rater reliability for the lifting components of the WorkHab FCEs. © 2011 Informa UK, Ltd.
Keyword Functional capacity evaluation
Work
WorkHab functional capacity evaluation
Reliability
Lifting
Test-Retest Reliability
Low-Back-Pain
Ergo-Kit
Performance Evaluation
Healthy-Adults
Simulator
Validity
Tests
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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