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International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)

From: Rochford, John <john.rochford@umassmed.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:46:47 +0000
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Hi All,

I just received, from Simon Evans (simon@cognable.com<mailto:simon@cognable.com>), information about International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) that we may find useful.

Simon's message is below.


John Rochford
UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center
Director, INDEX Program
Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health
Twitter: @ClearHelper

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Evans [mailto:simon@cognable.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:54 AM
To: Rochford, John
Subject: WAI Cog-PF

Hi John,


I noted this from Liddy via Lisa Seeman on  Mon, 14 Jul 2014

> 1    .... these notes should be international

> 2    ...... the list of functional requirements the user might have?

> 3    ..... the use case was therefore independent of medical conditions

> that cause the need.

I hoped you would pass on a similar plea next meeting - especially for the

move away from the pseudo-clinical model....

...but for standard clinical definitions and terminology there is:



...mapping guidance/analysis to ICD-10 would be both a huge task and rather


A  functional/adaptive behaviour framework  and approach (far better suited

your remit) is defined in ICF:


This doc would serve as case for ICF usage and an ICF primer:


Most functional/adaptive assessments in social/health sectors serving

dementia, cognitive and ID now reference ICF. Adding more granularity to

some sections and co-opting others from this framework would seem a simpler

task for your working group and map to a very much wider population than are

currently considered.

....I should add almost all UN Member States have ratified ICD-10/ICF - I

think the US is moving towards mandating them currently, but ICF is already

quite embedded in assessment practice.

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