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func·tion·al ca·pac·i·ty

(fungk'shŭn-ăl kă-pas'i-tē)
The extent to which a person can increase exercise intensity and maintain increased levels, dependent largely on cardiovascular fitness.

functional capacity

1. In cardiovascular medicine, the ability of a person to perform aerobic work during maximum oxygen intake.
2. The largest amount of urine a patient can comfortably hold before feeling the urge to urinate. It may be estimated by recording how much urine a patient voids on each occasion during a two- or three-day period. The largest volume is the called the functional bladder capacity.
See also: capacity
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Impaired functional capacity is associated with all-cause mortality after major elective intraabdominal surgery.
face validity, content validity, criterion-related validity, and construct validity) are all applicable to functional capacity evaluations.
Thus, the higher the patient scores on the scale, the better their functional capacity.
Functional capacity was assessed using the WOMAC functional capacity index and the Fulkerson-Shea Patellofemoral Evaluation (FSPE).
7-9) Recent evidence suggests that long-term treatment with bosentan as first-line therapy is associated with sustained improvement in pulmonary hemodynamics and functional capacity (10,11) in patients with PAH.
Patients who are asymptomatic with a good functional capacity are generally good surgical candidates.
Only patients with osteoarthritis appeared to be influenced by changes in barometric pressure and relative humidity: As barometric pressure increased, pain in these patients fell; as relative humidity increased, their pain increased and their functional capacity decreased.
Functional capacity--A scale including the four descriptions of the New York Heart Association's functional capacity classification was used (O'Rourke, 1994).
According to 7702B, a chronically ill person is one who has been certified by a licensed health care practitioner within the previous 12 months as (1) unable to perform without substantial assistance from another individual at least two of six activities of daily living for a period of at least 90 days due to a loss of functional capacity, (2) having a similar level of disability as determined under forthcoming regulations or (3) requiring substantial supervision to protect one's self from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment.
The consumer and program coordinator together are then able to rate the consumer's functional capacity for each task.
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Enrolment is currently above design capacity and is projected to be well above functional capacity by 2018.

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