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The international classification of functioning, disability and health and its value to rehabilitation and geriatric medicine.
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PMID:  18567556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper, I argue that the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), proposed by the World Health Organization, provides not only a model to understand health, but a model to understand rehabilitation and geriatric medicine. The ICF proposes that poor health is defined by a complex product of the interactions between several domains: body functions and structures (and impairments of them), activities (and limitations in their performance), participation (and restrictions to it), the physical and social environment (which may be facilitating or hindering) and personal factors. I propose that the ICF allows a logical classification of the potential interventions that are possible to improve health during rehabilitation or geriatric practice. These interventions may target each of the domains of health in the ICF. An example is given illustrating this approach in the management of a person who has fallen. This model of rehabilitation illustrates that rehabilitation is a complex multidisciplinary process, comprising restorative and adaptive strategies including the use of assistive technologies, and which is reliant upon careful assessment and care planning.
John R F Gladman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA     Volume:  71     ISSN:  1726-4901     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chin Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-23     Completed Date:  2008-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101174817     Medline TA:  J Chin Med Assoc     Country:  China (Republic : 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  275-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Disabled Persons / classification*
International Classification of Diseases / classification*
World Health Organization

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