WHO Collaborating Centre
The ICF Research Branch, short «Branch», is a partner of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) in Germany (at DIMDI), (https://www.icf-research-branch.org/). The Branch was founded in 2003 to promote and further develop the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as well as implement it in the areas of health, education and social policy. Since 2009 the Branch is affiliated to Swiss Paraplegic Research.
The Branch aims at promoting a deeper understanding of functioning. Another goal is the implementation of the ICF into practice. Application areas are clinical care and rehabilitation, education and social services, health services research as well as its use in national and international surveys. Furthermore the Branch develops user-friendly ICF based tools and makes them available (e.g. http://www.icf-core-sets.org/; https://www.icf-casestudies.org/, http://www.myworq.com/). The Branch also offers ICF training workshops. They are conducted in close collaboration with WHO and international partners from research, politics, economy and practice of various areas.
The Branch was also leading the WHO working group for the revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is used worldwide for the standardized reporting of diagnoses in the inpatient and outpatient care and provides the basis for financing of the inpatient and outpatient health care system.