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Work. 2013;45(2):191-200. doi: 10.3233/WOR-121546.

Functional capacity evaluation of work performance among individuals with pelvic injuries following motor vehicle accidents.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. navah@post.tau.ac.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Pelvic injuries following motor vehicle accidents (MVA) cause disability and affect work capabilities. This study evaluated functional, self-report, and medical-based factors that could predict work capacity as was reflected in a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) among persons who sustained a pelvic injury. It was hypothesized that self-reported functional status and bio-demographic variables would predict work capacity.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sixty-one community-dwelling adults previously hospitalized following a MVA induced pelvic injury.

METHODS:

FCE for work performance was conducted using the Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE). Additional data was collected through a demographics questionnaire and the Functional Status Questionnaire. All participants underwent an orthopedic medical examination of the hip and lower extremities.

RESULTS:

Most participants self-reported that their work capacity post-injury were lower than their job required. PWPE scores indicated below-range functional performance. Regression models predicted 23% to 51% of PWPE subtests. Participants' self-report of functioning (instrumental activities of daily living and work) and bio-demographic variables (gender and age) were better predictors of PWPE scores than factors originating from the medical examination.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results support the inclusion of FCE, in addition to self-report of functioning and medical examination, to evaluate work capacity among individuals' post-pelvic injury and interventions and discharge planning.

PMID:
23324703
DOI:
10.3233/WOR-121546
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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