TITLE

The WHO construct of health-related functioning (HrF) and its implications for health policy

AUTHOR(S)
Salvador-Carulla1, Luis; Garcia-Gutierrez, Carlos
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2011 Supplement 4, Vol. 11 Issue Suppl 4, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) has acquired a central role in the WHO Family of International Classifications and it has been extensively adopted as the reference framework for health-related functioning (HrF). This review aims to provide a description of the ICF/HrF to contextualise ICF/HrF in relation to other approaches to health functioning and to describe its application in policy and legislation with a special focus on Spain. Methods: Narrative review based on the scientific literature and prior expert knowledge. Results: ICF is both a coding system and a conceptual framework of HrF, which is framed as a unidimensional, bipolar and asymmetric construct with a negative pole (disability) and a positive pole (good functioning) with higher complexity. Other models of HrF include health promotion, quality of life and activities of daily living (ADL). The curtailed taxonomy of ICF and its unclear distinction from other approaches have had significant implications for research, policy and legislation, as illustrated by the case of the legislation and services for functional dependency in Spain and other examples. Conclusions: The ICF model of functioning is more comprehensive and usable than previous alternatives, but a full taxonomy of the HrF construct is needed to avoid further confusions in this field. This should also comprise harmonisation with other classifications of the WHO Family of International Classifications and other models of health functioning.
ACCESSION #
61135002

 

Related Articles

  • PHARMACOGNOSTICAL STUDY ON PIPER TRIOICUM ROXB. Sathis Kumar, D.; Mandarapu, Veena; Banji, David; Knv, Rao; Sudhakar, K.; Sandhya, S.; Prashanthi, G.; Vidya Sravanthi, E. // International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences;2011 Supplement 3, Vol. 3, p129 

    This paper deals with the detailed pharmacognostical evaluation of the Piper trioicum Roxb (Piparacae). Morphology of the entire plant have been studied with the aim to aid pharmacognostic and taxonomic species identification using light and confocal microscopy, WHO recommended physiochemical,...

  • Use of The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a conceptual framework and common language for disability statistics and health information systems. Kostanjsek, Nenad // BMC Public Health;2011 Supplement 4, Vol. 11 Issue Suppl 4, p1 

    A common framework for describing functional status information is needed in order to make this information comparable and of value. The World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), which has been approved by all its member states,...

  • Sergančiųjų diskogenine juosmenine kryžmens radikulopatija kompleksinÄ—s daugiadisciplininÄ—s reabilitacijos efektyvumo ir patiriamo skausmo stadijos sÄ…sajos. Lenickienė, S.; Juocevičius, A. // Neurologijos Seminarai;2011, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p284 

    Low back pain and low back related disorders, including lumbosacral radiculopathy, are very relevant issues of nowadays health care system. All over the world the tendency of exponential growth of working absenteeism and job-related disability due to these conditions is observed. The use of...

  • MEDICINAL PLANTS AS NATURAL ANTI-DIABETIC AGENTS. Khera, Nishu; Bhatia, Aruna // International Journal of Pharmacy & Life Sciences;Mar2014, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p713 

    Diabetes is a growing health concern worldwide and now emerging as an epidemic world over. The management of diabetes is still a major challenge. Plants have always been a source of drugs for humans since time immemorial. The Indian traditional system of medicine is replete with the use of...

  • News bites.  // Pharmaceutical Technology Europe;Mar2010, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p8 

    The article offers news briefs related to medicine and nanotechnology including the proposal of the U.S. Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010, reiteration of European Generic medicines Association's Vision plan, and the actions of the World Health Organization (WHO) on H1N1 that elicit controversies.

  • Hotels fight smoking ban. Laurie, Victoria // Bulletin with Newsweek;03/24/98, Vol. 117 Issue 6115, p25 

    Reports that hotel and club operators in Western Australia are calling for the government to abandon regulations that will effectively ban smoking in hotels and clubs citing research by the World Health Organization on environmental tobacco smoke. Comments from Bradley Woods of the Australian...

  • DISPATCHES.  // New Scientist;8/3/2002, Vol. 175 Issue 2354, p7 

    Reports global developments related to scientific discovery as of August 2002. Law passed by the British Parliament; Research conducted by the World Health Organization on dengue; Discovery of an ancient ivory chesspiece in Albania.

  • German doctors protest against coded diagnoses. Karcher, Helmut L. // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);1/27/96, Vol. 312 Issue 7025, p203 

    Reports that doctors in Germany have signed a declaration of protest against a new law introduced by the World Health Organization requiring them to indicate their diagnoses by code number rather than by names in insurance claims. Intending to facilitate the processing of patient data by...

  • A Comparative Genre Analysis of Hedging Expressions in Research Articles: Is Fuzziness Forever Wicked? Behnam, Biook; Naeimi, Amin; Darvishzade, Ali // English Language & Literature Studies;Jun2012, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p20 

    Scientific writers might not inevitably be exact, precise and explicit in expression, eschewing vulnerability to criticism and seeking acceptability form academia. The present study aimed at investigating the frequency, form and function of the multi-objective linguistic and rhetorical device of...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics