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An Ergonomic Assessment is a comprehensive assessment of the individual in the workplace environment designed to provide education on work habits and body positioning as well as recommendations for appropriate assistive devices and/or environmental modifications.
An FCE is performed to determine whether it is appropriate for an employee to return to previous duties of employment. It assesses an employee’s ability to carry out the activities of daily living and, where applicable, evaluates the employee’s functional capabilities for work retraining.
A Cognitive FCE is designed to gather objective data to form a comprehensive profile of the client’s physical and cognitive strengths and weaknesses in occupational performance. It incorporates core physical components of the traditional FCE (e.g., push, pull, lift, carry, grip strength, fine motor dexterity, full-body mobility, postural tolerance), but unlike the traditional FCE, focuses on gathering measures of cognitive function (e.g., attention and memory, numeracy and visual perception, and executive function, including planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, self-awareness, frustration-tolerance, and impulsivity). It is designed to provide objective baseline testing and inform recommendations to return the individual to the highest possible level of functioning during the return-to-work planning process.
A PDA (or JDA) provides a systematic and objective (quantified) evaluation of the physical tasks involved in performing the essential and non-essential components of a given job. It is designed to appraises the demands of the job and/or an employee’s suitability to the physical demands of the job and may be used proactively to prevent injury, or reactively to support return-to-work goals. The analysis includes recommendations for rehabilitation. It is often carried out prior to a Functional Capacity Evaluation.
A CDA provides a systematic and objective (quantified) assessment of the cognitive, emotional, and psychological demands required to perform the essential and non-essential components of a given job and/or to assess employee’s suitability for the cognitive demands of the job. It may include measures of higher level cognitive aptitudes, capacities in concentration and memory, aptitudes in social interaction, learning style and abilities, and skills in listening and communication. Where appropriate, the analysis includes recommendations to enhance strengths and compensate for weaknesses to return the individual to the highest possible level of functioning during the return-to-work planning process. A CDA is often carried out prior to a Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluation.
This 4-6 hour assessment provides quantitative measures of cognitive function through standardized tests and scales as well as qualitative measures through structured observation and client self-report. The assessment includes measures of attention and memory, numeracy, visual perception, and executive function, including planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, self-awareness, frustration tolerance, and impulsivity. It also assesses cognitive functional gaps. It is designed to provide objective baseline data concerning cognitive strengths and weaknesses used to inform recommendations for strategies to maximize strengths and compensate for weaknesses during the return-to-work process.
This assessment provides an objective appraisal of the suitability of the work environment to the employee, and includes recommendations for education and training, worksite modifications, and/or adaptation of equipment.
This assessment provides a functional assessment of an individual’s ability to carry out the activities of daily living with an objective physical assessment of the client’s current physical capacities (strength, range of motion, etc.). It is often the first step in returning the client to a pre-accident level of functioning.
This assessment is designed to evaluate a client’s ability to manage personal care tasks and identify areas of concern through measures of cognition, sensation, perception, and biomechanics.
This assessment is designed to determine the client’s ability to function safely within the home. The assessment will evaluate whether the client can safely access all areas of the home, and will recommend and implement environmental modifications where needed to promote safety and independence.