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ICF Teaching

The ICF Teaching Unit conducts research projects in the field of implementing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) into practice. The ICF is the universal standard to describe functioning and disability of patients with health conditions. Functioning is at the starting point of health strategies which aim to enable people with health conditions experiencing or likely to experience disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with the environment. To implement the ICF in clinical practice ICF tools such as ICF Core Sets and ICF-based documentation tools have been developed. The following projects are being conducted to facilitate the use of these tools.

1) ICF-based case studies of persons with Spinal Cord Diseases (SCD) during rehabilitation management

Twenty case studies with persons with SCD are being performed at SPZ and other rehabilitation centres. The objective of this project is to

  • Illustrate the use of the developed ICF tools in individuals in their structured rehabilitation management
  • To demonstrate the comprehensive problems and needs of patients with SCD

The results of these case studies are published at www.icf-casestudies.org

2) Applying the ICF in adolescent rehabilitation program at Swiss Paraplegic Center (SPZ)

In collaboration with the SPZ, ICF tools are being applied during the yearly rehabilitation program for adolescents with SCD. The objective of the project is to

  • Apply ICF tools in the daily routine of rehabilitation professionals
  • Adapt the ICF tools to the needs of the users and hence, to improve their practicability and user friendliness

3) Development of Manuals for the use of ICF Core Sets in clinical practice

Manuals to facilitate the use of ICF Core Sets in clinical practice are being developed at SPF. The objective of this project is to

  • Provide background information of the ICF and ICF Core Sets
  • Provide practical guidance in the application of ICF Core Sets in daily routine of rehabilitation professionals

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