Qualitative profiles of disability

Roberta Annicchiarico, Karina Gibert, Ulises Cortés, Fabio Campana, Carlo Caltagirone

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This study identified profiles of functional disability (FD) paralleled by increasing levels of disability. We assessed 96 subjects using the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule II (WHODAS II). Clustering Based on Rules (ClBR) (a hybrid technique of Statistics and Artificial Intelligence) was used in the analysis. Four groups of subjects with different profiles of FD were ordered according to an increasing degree of disability: "Low," self-dependent subjects with no physical or emotional problems; "Intermediate I," subjects with low or moderate physical and emotional disability, with high perception of disability; "Intermediate II," subjects with moderate or severe disability concerning only physical problems related to self-dependency, without emotional problems; and "High," subjects with the highest degree of disability, both physical and emotional. The order of the four classes is paralleled by a significant difference (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-845
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number6 A
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cluster analysis
  • Disability profiles
  • Functional disability
  • Knowledge Discovery
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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