Work Ability/Disability

At certain times, your workplace faces important questions:

  • Should this person enter this job?
  • Does a change in health prevent continuing in a certain job?
  • Would modifying the job (or the treatment) allow the job to "fit" again?
  • What are the risks of this person doing this job?

The question may arise in various ways: through the hiring process, a disability claim, a work performance problem, a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) application, a work injury, troublesome workplace behavior, etc. We know the language of all these situations. Whatever the specifics, the key will be what is core to our specialty — the junction between work and health.


Our occupational medicine, ergonomics, and mental health professionals can effectively address most questions. Partnering with our Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy colleagues, we can also provide a collaborative, work-specific Functional Capacity Assessment, tailored to the questions at hand. When needed, we also incorporate consultations with other specialists in other fields, such as neurology, orthopaedics, and cardiology.

Whenever and however your questions arise, please call us. We can assess, monitor, and advise you in a way that meets the need through:

  • Telephone conferences
  • Record reviews
  • Interviews, examinations, and testing
  • Group meetings
  • Assessment of job demands and risks