Perspectives, SIG 17, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Blake and McLeod describe the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF’s) purpose, development, contents, and coding. This article discusses the framework used by speech-language-pathologists and audiologists in practice and research to investigate body structures/functions and restrictions these may place on an individual’s ability to participate in activities. McNeilly confirms the need for ICF to become an integral part of clinical preparation providing insight regarding functional clinical outcomes of individuals, maximizing habilitation and rehabilitation outcomes. Ma discusses how the ICF is used to support clinical research, practice and education in Hong Kong with the hope of more global efforts by researchers and clinicians. Papathanasiou describes the principles of the ICF framework, encouraging the early introduction to students, using a framework for course curriculum, clinical competencies, and interprofessional education. Enderby discusses how the ICF is used to develop an outcome measurement approach, Therapy Outcome Measure, with application in a research study.
You will be able to:
- define the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)
- explain how the ICF is used to develop curriculum in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- create a clinical practice plan, using ICF, as the framework of the clinical training
- develop a research plan using the ICF as the outcome measure approach
- explain the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM)
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