To facilitate the use of the ICF in clinical practice, it is essential to have ICF-based tools that could be integrated into the existing processes. The publication Rauch et al. 2008 "How to apply the ICF for rehabilitation management in clinical practice (click here for abstract) introduced 4 ICF-based tools that were developed for the rehabilitation setting, specifically to accompany the Rehab-Cycle® approach – ICF Assessment Sheet, ICF Categorical Profile, ICF Intervention Table, and the ICF Evaluation Display. The Rehab-Cycle® can facilitate the structuring, organization and documentation of the rehabilitation process, as well as help professionals involved in person's rehabilitation with coordinating their actions.
Templates of these ICF-based tools can now be downloaded by going to the downloads section or by clicking here: https://www.icf-research-branch.org/download/category/17-icf-based-case-studies.
The use of these ICF-based tools is illustrated in the ICF-based case studies of persons living with spinal cord injury. For more information about the ICF-based case studies, click here. The individual ICF-based case studies can also be downloaded from the downloads section or by clicking here: https://www.icf-research-branch.org/download/category/17-icf-based-case-studies.
The next ICF workshop that will take place on Thursday and Friday, 15-16 September 2016 at the Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) located in the Guido A. Zäch Institute in Nottwil, Switzerland - on beautiful Lake Sempach about 20 minutes from Lucerne.
This two-day interactive training comprises of lectures and exercises (single and group work) that provides the basics of the ICF for participants, with no or little knowledge of the ICF. It also provides participants who already have experience with the ICF, the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the ICF, insight in potential practical application of the ICF, opportunity for networking and structured workshop materials that can be used for training others. Each participant will also receive a certificate of participation.
Since workshop participants may have varying levels of ICF knowledge, the workshop covers a range of topics. Day 1 of the workshop focuses on the basics and day 2 covers specific modules like:
- the linking methodology
- ICF in rehab management
- joint use ICF with other classifications
- real-life examples
- and depending on the participants, disability evaluation, ICF in research, etc...
The workshop fee (including 2 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and all workshop material) is approx. EUR 785 / CHF 850 depending on the number of hotel nights required.
If this workshop sparks your interest and you would like to participate, please complete the registration form (click here) and email it to Melissa Selb, ICF Research Branch Coordinator, at the latest 22 August 2016. If a visa is required to enter Switzerland, we require a confirmation of the visa approval to be sent to us by August 22nd.
Participants who require a letter of invitation as mandated by his/her institution/organization or for visa purposes, please indicate this on the registration form (click here) under "comments". NOTE: Kindly allow enough time for the application/visa processing.
Refinements of the ICF Linking Rules to strengthen their potential for establishing comparability of health information
The ICF Linking Rules originally published in 2002 (click here for abstract) and updated in 2005 (click here fo abstract) have now been further refined to strengthen transparency in the linking process, thus enhancing the comparability of health information based on the ICF.
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.
- Introduction of the screening tool OncoFunction for functional follow-up of head and neck patients
- PARADISE 24: A measure to assess the impact of brain disorders on people's lives
- Understanding the impact of brain disorders: Towards a ‘horizontal epidemiology’ of psychosocial difficulties and their determinants
- Measuring disability: comparing the impact of two data collection approaches on disability rates
- Response to Madans et al. Comments on Sabariego et al. Measuring disability: Comparing the impact of two data collection approaches on disability rates