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The ICF and third-party disability: Its application to spouses of older people with hearing impairment
Scarinci, Nerina; Worrall, Linda; Hickson, Louise
Disability and Rehabilitation, 2009, Volume 31 (Number 25), Seite 2088-2100, London: Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print); 1464-5165 (Online)
Third-party disability is defined as the disability of family members due to the health condition of their significant other and was identified as a direction for future development by the World Health Organization in 2001. The aim of this article is to identify the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF
) domains and categories that describe third-party disability of spouses of older people with hearing impairment.
Ten spouses of older people with hearing impairment participated in individual semi-structured in-depth interviews. Themes identified by participants were linked according to ICF
instructions to deliver a set of ICF
category codes relevant to the study of third-party disability in spouses of older people with hearing impairment.
A total of 18 themes and 50 sub-themes emerged from analysis of the interviews. The majority of these themes were able to be linked to the ICF
, with the majority linking to codes in the activities and participation component. A number of contextual factors also emerged in the interviews that impacted on the spouses' third-party disability. Difficulties arose when attempting to link themes to the body function component.
appears to be a useful tool in describing the effects of hearing impairment on the significant other; however, further research is necessary to clarify the applicability of some codes to third-party disability, especially the relevance of body functions to third-party disability.
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