Liesbeth Siderius (Netherlands) notes the WHO's 'International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, known more commonly as ICF, a classification of health and health-related domains'.
'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.'
I am unfamiliar with the ICF so I have been trying to find out more about it, but am left a bit confused. I would be interested to hear from HIFA members about how they interpret and use the ICF.
The relevant part of the WHO website [https://www.who.int/classifications/icf/en/] notes:
'ICF is the WHO framework for measuring health and disability at both individual and population levels. ICF was officially endorsed by all 191 WHO Member States in the Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly on 22 May 2001(resolution WHA 54.21) as the international standard to describe and measure health and disability.'
The ICF Practical Manual is available here (2013, draft):
but the website states: 'This version is not yet considered final and is not yet published and available for official use. Please use this document for information purposes, only.' So I hesitate to quote from this.
There is also an ICF e-Learning tool (in English and Danish) here:
I went through this but was none the wiser.
There is also a very brief FAQ section which notes that 'the World Health Organization does not have any data on the numbers of people who have disabilities':
I think perhaps I may be missing something?
Best wishes, Neil
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