The research group Functioning and Methods focuses on the development and implementation of methods for the standardized documentation of information on the functioning of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other health conditions. This is based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Various qualitative (e.g. interviews and content analyses) and statistical (e.g. Rasch model and graphical models) methods are applied in combination.
It is the goal for these methods to support the mapping and availability of information on functioning in various areas of the health system. This mapping makes it possible to make optimal use of and exchange the information, to learn from it and to ensure a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment. Examples therefore are computer-assisted clinical decision making or quality management on a national level in rehabilitation. For this purpose, we collaborate with our partners within the Swiss Paraplegic Group (SPG), with all paraplegic centers in Switzerland and other national and international collaboration partners in clinical practice and research.