Yes, we can do better and more.
As the ‘WHO values the immense contribution of schools of public health to the education of global health advocates, leaders and practitioners, the generation of evidence, and collaborations to deliver innovative solutions for modern health challenges’.
The WHO is providing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, known more commonly as ICF, is a classification of health and health-related domains.
As the functioning and disability of an individual occurs in a context, ICF also includes a list of environmental factors.
The ICF is a useful tool:
For individuals with a chronic and or disabling condition
For practitioners to measure decline/ improvement in body functions
For researchers to measure daily life effect of innovative treatment
For public health to benchmark health systems, document health inequities and improve the equity health system.
Is the ICF implemented to be used for (some of) these purposes in health systems?
HIFA profile: Liesbeth Siderius is a Pediatrician at the GGD IJsselland, Zwolle in the Netherlands. Professional interests: children with disabilities, ICF, Internet Technology and Interoperability. Email address: e.siderius AT kpnplanet.nl