Assessment of standing in functional capacity evaluations: A survey 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: A survey of methods used by a sample of occupational therapists. Work, 38 (2). pp. 145-153.

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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.

Item ID: 16566
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1875-9270
Keywords: functional capacity evaluation, standing assessments, standing performance, distracting activities
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 04:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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