The very first ICF Core Sets for the pediatric population i.e. for children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) was developed in June 2013 under the leadership of Dr. Veronica Schiariti, University of British Columbia, Canada. To ensure that the special characteristics of children and youth are taken in consideration, the consensus and decision-making methodology employed was adapted to address the developmental stages of a child or young person living with CP and age-specific ICF Core Sets were established. For details, go to the section on ICF Core Sets for neurological conditions.
The ICF Core Sets are now available for downloading. To access the ICF Core Sets go to the ICF Core Sets for neurological conditions in the download section.
Increasingly mobile phone applications are used to collect and provide health information and to assist in facilitate decision making. Currently, no mobile applications incorporate the ICF.
The Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) has initiated an ambitious project to develop a mobile application for ICF, dubbed "mICF" that will assist providers and users of health services in the front line (e.g. patients, parents, health service providers and teachers. It is intended to assist service providers to identify a service user's (e.g. patients, client, child) issues in terms of functioning, as well as personal and environmental factors that are influencing health. This information can then be used to assist service providers with person-centred decision-making. Depending on local legislation, the amalgamation of this data could be used centrally for analysis.
To optimize the development of the mICF, the FDRG is inviting service providers, service users and mHealth specialists to complete an online survey (http://tiny.cc/icfmobile) that aims to help determine:
- The level of expertise of potential mICF users with using mobile application software
- The level of expertise of potential users with ICF
- How frequently potential users intend to use the application
- For what purpose potential users intend to use the application
- Who are interested in the development of the mICF
Deadline for survey completion: 31 August 2014
Link to survey: http://tiny.cc/icfmobile
The World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is the common framework to understand and describe functioning and disability. ICF Core Sets facilitate the description of functioning in clinical practice by providing lists of categories selected from the entire ICF for various health conditions and health care contexts.
Published in English, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean and now Spanish. This manual will soon be available in Portugese and Japanese. It includes:
An introduction to the concepts of functioning and disability.
A description of the development process of the ICF Core Sets and their purpose.
An introduction to the application of the ICF Core Sets in clinical practice based on a documentation form and use cases.
All available ICF Core Sets and corresponding documentation forms.
Non enim vivere bonum est sed bene vivere - What is good is not just living, but living well...(Seneca, Epistulae Morales 70,4)
Since its establishment in 2003 the ICF Research Branch has contributed to the further development of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the creation of ICF-based practical measurement tools and user-oriented applications as well as education and training. The ICF Research Branch has been striving to achieve its mission through international collaborative activities ranging from research to education and knowledge transfer. The team at the ICF Research Branch has been privileged to work in partnership with many outstanding individuals and committed institutions worldwide.
In this spirit, the ICF Research Branch encourages practitioners and scientists with an interest in the ICF to join our international collaborative efforts.By contributing to the further development of the ICF, we pave the way for securing this common international language of disability and health and for optimizing the functioning of people with health conditions.
- Content validity of the work rehabilitation questionnaire-self-report version WORQ-SELF in a subgroup of spinal cord injury patients
- Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ): Development and Preliminary Psychometric Evidence of an ICF-Based Questionnaire for Vocational Rehabilitation
- The creation of a comprehensive and a brief core set for hearing loss using the ICF
- Measuring functioning in people with fibromyalgia (FM) based on the ICF - a psychometric analysis
- Validation of the extended ICF core set for stroke from the patient perspective using focus groups