Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE)

About Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE)


Functional abilities evaluation provides a clear picture of physical and functional ability while an individual is recuperating from an injury or disability.

The FAE:

  • Measures ability to do tasks safely.
  • Determines disability or impairment levels.
  • Helps determine approach for active rehabilitation.

What is an FAE


A functional abilities evaluation (FAE) is used to determine an employee’s functional abilities and physical fitness before returning to work after an injury. The evaluation compares the current performance levels of an individual to the daily demands of the job the person performs

The evaluation is also used for disability determinations and for planning and monitoring an individual’s treatment and progress during rehabilitation.

A series of tests determine the functional abilities of an individual in an objective manner. These tests also evaluate a person’s ability to safely do all activities that are expected and/or possible in his or her job profile.

How it Helps


A functional abilities evaluation will give a clear picture of physical and functional ability when a patient is recuperating from an injury or disability. The assessment can help both the patient and the employer determine whether he or she is fit to return to the official duties of a typical work day. In addition, the patient can use a functional abilities evaluation to determine whether he or she is physically impaired by a work related injury in addition to determining work capabiliity.

An individual is approved for disability benefits on the basis of the functional abilities evaluation. People also apply for testing before court cases for personal injury or motor vehicle accidents.  The functional abilities evaluation is done alongside a physician’s independent medical examination (IME).

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The journal Przegla¸d epidemiologiczny (Przegl Epidemiol), published in Poland had a research summary on The functional ability and efficiency of motor skills evaluation of individuals admitted into nursing homes in Poland on December 30, 2005. This summary dealt primarily with functional abilities assessments.

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