Functioning and disability in ischaemic heart disease

Vittorio Racca, Rosa Spezzaferri, Maddalena Modica, Paola Mazzini, Johanna Jonsdottir, Renata De Maria, Maurizio Ferratini

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Objective. To describe functioning and disability in patients with stable ischaemic heart disease (IHD) according to the model endorsed by the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). Design. Adult patients with IHD undergoing rehabilitation were consecutively enrolled. The ICF checklist and the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule II (WHO-DAS II) were administered in individual sessions. Patients' clinical status was described following NYAH criteria (New York Heart Association). Descriptive analyses were performed to report on clinical variables and WHO-DAS II scores. ICF categories reported as a problem by more than 20% of patients were described in detail. Results. One hundred patients (mean age 62.9; 91% males, 71% in NYHA class II) were enrolled. Mean WHO-DAS II score was 23.9, and the most severe limitations are reported in life activities, getting around and in participation to social situations. A total of 30 ICF categories reached the threshold of 20%, 17 Body Functions and Structures, 13 Activities and Participation. Conclusions. ICF application in patients with IHD enables to enlarge the perspective on their health status, and provide useful information to follow the healthcare process from the acute setting to the outpatient management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • disability
  • ICF checklist
  • ICF classification
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • NYHA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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