International Journal of Integrated Care, 22 June 2009 - ISSN 1568-4156
Conference abstract
Translational measures of functioning and disability based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Alarcos Cieza, PhD, MPH, Senior Researcher, ICF Research Branch of WHO FIC CC (DIMDI), Institute of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
Correspondence to: Alarcos Cieza, E-mail: alarcos.cieza@med.uni-muenchen.de
Abstract


Introduction: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is the first universally shared model and classification of functioning, disability and health. It can be used as an assessment instrument based on ICF-derived tools, such as the ICF Core Sets, as well as a reference for other outcome measures and health indicators.


Aims: To present the results of the development of the Generic ICF Core Set and the results of the comparison of the Generic ICF Core Set and the six widely-used generic outcome measures: the SF-36, the NHP, the QL-I, the WHOQOL-BREF, the WHODASII and the EQ-5D.


Results: The Generic ICF Core Set is a parsimonious set of ICF categories which defines the health and health-related domains to be taken into account to assess health from a comprehensive perspective. It contains all health and health-related domains that are addressed in the most widely-used outcome measures and health indicators.


Conclusions: The consequent use of the Generic ICF Core Set enables the comparison of health information across health conditions and health-care contexts. It also enhances the international comparability of health and functioning and disability data and can ultimately contribute to the improvement of care and support for persons with disabilities and the elderly.

Keywords
outcome assessment; health; disability

Presentation slides available from: http://www.bridgingknowledge.net/Presentations/Symp9_Cieza.pdf