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The role of functional capacity evaluations in occupational therapy vocational evaluations

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Abstract:

One of the key objectives of vocational rehabilitation is to ensure that workers can perform their jobs safely, with a minimal risk for the work duties aggravating their medical problem, and with the medical problem having a minimal impact upon their work performance. Vocational evaluations can play an important role in vocational rehabilitation by determining an ill or injured worker's suitability for work. Functional capacity evaluations are a component of the vocational evaluation process, but are not comprehensive enough to address all the dynamic and complex factors that can influence an individual's work performance. The key component in any vocational evaluation is the clinical reasoning exercised by the occupational therapist, which is essential in producing credible conclusions and workplace recommendations from the information generated from an evaluation.

Keywords: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY; VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802211X13153015305718

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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