Integrating research into policy planning: MHADIE policy recommendations

Matilde Leonardi, Somnath Chatterji, José Luís Ayuso-Mateos, Judith Hollenweger, Bedirhan Üstün, Nenad Friedrich Ivan Kostanjsek, Alistair Newton, Eva Björck-Åkesson, Carlo Francescutti, Jordi Alonso, Marina Matucci, Adriana Samoilescu, Anne Good, Alarcos Cieza, Olga Svestkova, Monika Bullinger, Crt Marincek, Helena Burger, Alberto Raggi, Jerome Edmond Bickenbach

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MHADIE project (Measuring Health and Disability in Europe: Supporting policy development) aimed at developing realistic, evidence-based and effective national policies for persons with disabilities. A preliminary step towards this goal was the demonstration on the feasibility of employing the ICF in clinical, educational and statistical fields, which corresponds to the recognised need to enhance the European Union's capacity of analysis of disability, as highlighted in its Disability Action Plan 2006-2007. The ultimate outcome of the project is the production of 13 policy recommendations, dealing with statistics clinical and educational areas, and four general policy recommendations focusing on: (a) the need of coordinating and integrating disability conceptualisation at all policy levels and across sectors; (b) the need of conducing longitudinal cohort studies which include children aged 0-6; (c) the need of reviewing transportation policies in light of the requirements of persons with disabilities; (d) the need of reviewing all disability policies to emphasise and support the role of the family, which is a consistent and substantial environmental facilitator in the lives of persons with disabilities.

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


  • ICF classification
  • MHADIE policy recommendations
  • MHADIE project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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