International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (2)

11 January, 2019

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 would be interested to hear more from HIFA members about how the ICF is used.

The relevant part of the WHO website 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.'

There is a good overview video here (9 minutes)(from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association):

To what extent is the ICF used/useful in policy and practice at global, national, facility and individual levels? How might it be made more widely known/used?

Best wishes, Neil

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