Barriers, activities and participation: Incorporating ICF into service planning datasets.
AffiliationDisability Databases Unit, Health Research Board, Dublin, Ireland.
Local subject classificationDISABILITIES
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CitationBarriers, activities and participation: Incorporating ICF into service planning datasets. 2009:1-8 Disabil Rehabil
JournalDisability and rehabilitation
AbstractPurpose. Guided by the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), a measure of activity and participation (MAP) was developed and incorporated into the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database in Ireland. The aims of this article are to investigate and explore the relationship between the barriers, participation restriction and functioning levels experienced by people with disabilities. Method. Seven thousand five hundred and sixty-two personal interviews with people meeting specific eligibility criteria for registering onto the database were conducted across four health service executive regions in Ireland. Results. Overall, differences in barriers, participation restriction and activity limitations experienced by people with different types of disabilities were found to be significant. Furthermore, low functioning and experience of barriers were indicators of participation restriction. Conclusions. This article has shown that elements of the ICF have been successfully operationalised in a service planning tool through the development of the MAP. This provides a more holistic view of disability and will enable the impact of service interventions to be measured over time.