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.
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 and Italian, this manual will soon be available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portugese and Malay. 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.
In the last 10 years the ICF Research Branch has contributed to the implementation of the ICF including the creation of practical user-oriented applications such as the ICF Core Sets. For the very first time, the ICF Research Branch an WHO has agreed to support a project to develop ICF Core Sets the for a pediatric population - the ICF Core Set project for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
For more information, go to the ICF Core Set section or click here.