241421 International classification of function in public health and disability research: A systematic review of adoption

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Priscilla Weaver, PT, DPT , Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Georgia C. Frey, PhD , Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Rachel Smith, MS , Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Bryan McCormick, PhD , School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
The purpose of this review is to assess the extent to which the International Classification of Function (ICF) and International Classification of Function for Children and Youth (ICF-CY) have been used in public health-related disability research since adoption by the World Health Organization in 2001 and 2007, respectively. The ICF and ICF-CY are designed to: (1) provide a common language to improve disability communication, (2) permit data comparison, and (3) encourage a paradigm shift from a medical model to a functional model of disability. However, it is unclear if they are being adopted globally in public health and disability research to meet these objectives. A systematic review of research published since the ICF and ICF-CY were established is being conducted using computerized keyword searches from research databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Health Source: Nursing and Academic Edition, MEDLINE, Psych Articles, etc.) and dissertation abstracts. Example keywords include ICF and ICF-CY combined with both disability and public health terms (e.g. ICF and disability and health; ICF and disabled and obesity, etc.). Nesting and truncation methods are also being used. All studies that use the ICF or ICF-CY as part of research design, clinical assessment, or theoretical framework in the area of public health will be included in the review and categorized accordingly. Country of publication and location of authors will also be categorized. The findings will evaluate the degree to which the ICF and ICF-CY have been globally adopted to meet the designed outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify all the studies that use the ICF and ICF-CY in the area of public health. 2.Analyze the integration of the ICF and ICF-CY globally in public health and disability research. 3.Compare the outcome of the studies to the intended design of the ICF by the World Health Organization.

Keywords: Disability, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on the topic of disability due to my physical therapy work experience in this area along with my ongoing training in disability research at Indiana University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.