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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181e48d47
Original Articles

The Predictive Validity of Job-Specific Functional Capacity Evaluation on the Employment Status of Patients With Nonspecific Low Back Pain.

Cheng, Andy Shu-Kei PhD; Cheng, Stella Wai-Chee PDOT

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the predictive validity of a job-specific functional capacity evaluation (FCE) on the employment status of patients with nonspecific low back pain (LBP).

Methods: Seven hundred and thirteen patients with nonspecific LBP received job-specific FCE. Based on their performance, return-to-work recommendations were given. Three months after evaluation, all patients were contacted by telephone to find out their employment status to examine the predictive validity of each FCE-based rating.

Results: The correct prediction of employment status from an FCE pass rating was 79.8%; fail rating because of not meeting all the criteria of FCE tasks was 61.7%; and fail rating because of failing all FCE tasks was 68.4%.

Conclusions: Job-specific FCE shows a high level of predictive validity that could be used to evaluate the employment status of patients with nonspecific chronic LBP.

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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