Functional capacity evaluation is commonly used to assess the abilities of patients to perform some tasks. Ergo-Kit® is a validated tool assessing both functional capacities of patients and workplace demands. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relevance of the Ergo-Kit® data for occupational physicians during the return-to-work process.
A retrospective and monocenter study was conducted on all patients included in a rehabilitation program and assessed with the Ergo-Kit® tool between 2005 and 2014. Workplace demands and patients’ functional capacities were evaluated and confronted. Self-beliefs and perceived disability were also assessed and compared to the functional capacity evaluation.
One hundred and forty-nine working-age patients (85 men, 64 women; 39±12 years) suffering from musculoskeletal disorders or other diseases were included. Main causes of mismatch between workplace demands and functional capacities were manual handling of loads, postures with arms away from the body and repetitive motions at work; sitting posture was correlated with a lesser physical workload; and Oswestry score was correlated with functional capacities evaluated by the Ergo-Kit®.
Ergo-Kit® is a relevant tool to assess the multidimensional aspects of workplace demands and functional capacities. It could be very helpful for occupational physicians to manage return-to-work.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Functional capacity evaluation, Ergo-Kit, Physical workload, Work demands, Return to work