Assessment of Functioning when Conducting Occupational Capacity Evaluations - What is "Evidence-Based"?

Canela, Carlos; Schleifer, Roman; Dube, Anish; Hengartner, Michael P; Ebner, Gerhard; Seifritz, Erich; Liebrenz, Michael (2016). Assessment of Functioning when Conducting Occupational Capacity Evaluations - What is "Evidence-Based"? Psychiatrische Praxis, 43(2), pp. 74-81. Thieme 10.1055/s-0035-1552762

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Aim: Occupational capacity evaluations have previously been subject to criticism for lacking in quality and consistency. To the authors' knowledge, there is no clear consensus on the best way to formally assess functioning within capacity evaluations. In this review we investigated different instruments that are used to assess functioning in occupational capacity evaluations. Methods: Systematic review of the literature. Results: Though several instruments that assess functional capacity were found in our search, a specific validated instrument assessing occupational capacity as part of a larger psychiatric evaluation was not found. The limitations of the existing instruments on assessing functional capacity are discussed. Conclusion: Medical experts relying on instruments to conduct functional capacity evaluations should be cognizant of their limitations. The findings call for the development and use of an instrument specifically designed to assess the functional and occupational capacity of psychiatric patients, which is also likely to improve the quality of these reports.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Psychiatric Services

UniBE Contributor:

Liebrenz, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0303-4259

Publisher:

Thieme

Language:

German

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2016 16:43

Last Modified:

15 Sep 2017 14:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0035-1552762

PubMed ID:

26556685

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.77441

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77441

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