Practice, science and governance in interaction: European effort for the system-wide implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Gerold Stucki, Mauro Zampolini, Alvydas Juocevicius, Stefano Negrini, Nicolas Christodoulou

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Abstract

Since its launch in 2001, relevant international, regional and national PRM bodies have aimed to implement the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM), whereby contributing to the development of suitable practical tools. These tools are available for implementing the ICFin day-to-day clinical practice, standardized reporting of functioning outcomes in quality management and research, and guiding evidence-informed policy. Educational efforts have reinforced PRM physicians' and other rehabilitation professionals' ICFknowledge, and numerous implementation projects have explored how the ICFis applied in clinical practice, research and policy. Largely lacking though is the system-wide implementation of ICFin day-to-day practice across all rehabilitation services of national health systems. In Europe, system-wide implementation of ICFrequires the interaction between practice, science and governance. Considering its mandate, the UEMSPRM Section and Board have decided to lead a European effort towards system-wide ICFimplementation in PRM, rehabilitation and health care at large, in interaction with governments, non-governmental actors and the private sector, and aligned with ISPRM's collaboration plan with WHO. In this paper we present the current PRM internal and external policy agenda towards system-wide ICFimplementation and the corresponding implementation action plan, while highlighting priority action steps - promotion of ICF-based standardized reporting in national quality management and assurance programs, development of unambiguous rehabilitation service descriptions using the International Classification System for Service Organization in Health-related Rehabilitation, development of Clinical Assessment Schedules, qualitative linkage and quantitative mapping of data to the ICF, and the cultural adaptation of the ICFClinical Data Collection Tool in European languages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-307
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • Disability and Health
  • International Classification of Functioning
  • Physical and rehabilitation medicine
  • Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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