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ICF Core Set 2007-2008

Development of ICF Core Sets for Multiple Sclerosis - Empirical Study
The objective of the cross-sectional study was to identify the limitations in essential areas of functioning and environmental factors relevant for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from the clinical perspective using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The specific aim of the study was to explore the relevant body functions, body structures, activities and participation, and environmental factors of patients with MS. A multi-centre study was conducted in an empirical cross-sectional design. Interviews were performed with 205 individuals with MS in the Department of Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centre Valens (Switzerland) and in collaborating centres (Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society, Zurich, Switzerland; Rehabilitation Centre Bad Wildbad, Germany ). Using the ICF as a reference, it is possible to quantify areas of functioning and environmental factors relevant for individuals with MS from the clinical perspective. The ICF categories potentially facilitate the description and classification of all aspects of function and health in individuals with MS in a comprehensive and systematic way.

Juerg Kesselring, Prof. Dr., Clinical of Neurology, Rehabilitation Centre Valens (Switzerland)

The project was supported by The Hertie Foundation as a cooperative project between:
  • ICF Research Branch of WHO , Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich (D)
  • Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)
  • International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPMR)
  • Classification, Assessment and Surveys (CAS) Team of WHO

> Holper et al. Characterization of functioning in multiple sclerosis using the ICF, 2010 [PDF]
> Press release: ICF Conference 2009