Response timing and objectivity are critical when workers experience job performance difficulty after a serious health condition like COVID-19. Studies indicate that physicians under-estimate work-related abilities after performing a clinical evaluation, especially when chronic pain and other symptoms limit performance. Underestimating a worker’s abilities contributes to unnecessary work disability and lost productivity. There is useful evidence … Continue reading Safe Return to Productive Work After COVID-19: Is a Functional Capacity Evaluation Needed?
WorkAbility Rate of Manipulation Test (WRMT) is brief test of hand dexterity that has a compact mini-board design and brief protocols for turning and placing tests that only take 3 minutes for 3 trials. Performance during turning or placing sub-tests is timed separately for the right and left hands to objectively assess for performance differences. … Continue reading WorkAbility Releases New Hand Dexterity Test!
All too often, injured workers are over-prescribed medications for pain, rather than consulting with physical therapists who will emphasize self-management of symptoms, physical fitness, and safe work participation. Salt et al. compared treatments for low back pain (LBP) and found that opioids were over-utilized, compared to safer alternative therapies such as exercise and physical therapy … Continue reading Do Your Workers Receive Opioids or Job-Specific Physical Therapy?
Response time and early intervention are critical when workers report job performance problems due to health conditions. There is strong evidence that disability duration is reduced with integrated care that emphasizes service coordination and workplace modifications (accommodations) for workers with musculoskeletal or mental health conditions.  WorkerFIT has launched an innovative Job Function Survey and a … Continue reading WorkerFIT Launches Job Function and Worker AbilityFIT Surveys
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme, America’s Workforce: Empowering All, recognizes the importance of removing access barriers to increase participation in the workforce by persons with disabilities. Currently, we have more open jobs in our economy than we have job seekers. Just last week, the US Department of Labor announced the award … Continue reading Improving Workforce Participation for Persons with Differing Abilities