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Using the ICF to develop the capability-oriented database of persons with disabilities: a case study in Nakornpanom province, Thailand.
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PMID:  23020280     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Purpose: This study aims to determine functioning information, rehabilitation needs, and environmental barriers of persons with disabilities (PWDs) using a developed ICF-based questionnaire with community survey approach in Thailand. Method: A systematic review of the use of ICF and disability surveys from January 2000- June 2010 was undertaken. A questionnaire was then developed and tested in two pilot studies before using in a face-to-face interview conducted with legally registered PWDs in Nakornpanom province. Forty-six ICF codes were used in the questionnaire; two second-level codes in body functions, 18 second-level and six third-level codes in activities & participation and 14 second-level and six third-level codes in environmental factors. Each code had 2-6 qualifiers. Results: One thousand and seven PWDs (56.6% male, mean age = 48.4 ± 0.64 years) were interviewed by 16 trained-interviewers. Interview duration was approximately 17 min. The functioning profile could be revealed for both individual and population. These reflected the need for rehabilitation. Several cut-off points to identify "disabled persons" were offered. Regarding participation, PWDs were concerned more about environmental barriers. One-fourth of PWDs needed home environment adaptation, almost 13% were uneducated and 23% had limited chance to participate in social activities. Conclusions: ICF framework and codes can be used to develop a questionnaire to measure population functioning profile and rehabilitation needs of PWDs by community survey. Results can be used to develop a capability-oriented disability database to identify prevalence of disabilities and rehabilitation needs. Policy makers may use this database to plan, monitor and evaluate rehabilitation service programs and removal of environmental barriers. [Box: see text].
Sirinart Tongsiri; Wachara Riewpaiboon
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-1
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Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1464-5165     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University , Thailand.
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