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The ICF comprehensively covers the spectrum of health problems encountered by health professionals in patients with musculoskeletal conditions
Weigl, Martin; Cieza, Alarcos; Kostanjsek, Nenad; Kirschneck, Michaela; Stucki, Gerold
British Society for Rheumatology
Rheumatology - Oxford, England, 2006, Volume 45 (Number 10), Seite 1247-1254, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISSN: 1462-0324 (Print); 1462-0332 (Online)
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The objective of this study was to investigate, whether the International Classification of Functioning, Disablity and Health (ICF
) comprehensively covers the spectrum of health problems encountered by medical doctors and physiotherapists in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
A worldwide e-mail survey with questionnaires that requested lists of relevant areas in the ICF
components-body functions, body structures, activities and participation, and environmental factors-in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain and osteoporosis was conducted. The suitability of linking the named concepts to the ICF
as well as the precision of the linking was characterized by assigning the concepts to six groups.
All concepts that were named by the experts could be linked to the ICF
, with the exception of personal factors. Between 32 percent (environmental factors) and 51 percent (activities and participation) of the named concepts were linked to an ICF
category with an identical meaning and the same grade of precision. All other named concepts were linked to ICF
categories with a lower level of precision, or encompassed more than one ICF
category, or were linked to an ICF
category with a related, but not identical meaning.
covers comprehensively the spectrum of problems encountered in patients with musculoskeletal conditions by clinical experts throughout the world. This strengthens the validity of the ICF
in the view of the users and will encourage the use of ICF
-based applications such as the ICF
checklist and the now-developed ICF
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