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

Navah Z. Ratzon*, Eynat Ben Ari Shevil, Paul Froom, Sharon Friedman, Yehuda Amit

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Hip
  • orthopedics
  • self-report
  • work ability


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