Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-48481
Huber, E O; Tobler, A; Gloor-Juzi, T; Grill, E; Gubler-Gut, B (2011). The ICF as a way to specify goals and to assess the outcome of physiotherapeutic interventions in the acute hospital. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(2):174-177.
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Objective: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to measure the effect of physiotherapy treatment. Design: A prospective cohort study with an additional case report. Patients: Individuals were eligible for the study if they were patients at the University Hospital of Zurich and had received physiotherapeutic interventions during their inpatient stay. Methods: Patient’s functioning was assessed by physiotherapists at initiation of physiotherapeutic treatment and at discharge using ICF Core Sets. Results: A total of 425 patients were analysed, mean age 60 years, 42% female. The median of treatment days varied between 4 (intensive care unit) and 19 (low back pain). The majority of patients had improved or stable results; improvement was most prominent in the surgical and internal medicine group. The ICF category d450 “Walking” appears in 4 out of 6 ICF Core Sets, being only infrequently treated in intensive care unit and low back pain. Conclusion: Analysis showed that the ICF can be used to record precise information on patients’ functioning in the acute hospital. Typical impairments and restrictions, intervention goals and trajectories of functioning could be documented. The qualifiers used in our clinical example were sensitive to change. Definitions of qualifiers, however, should be the subject of further research. Key words: ICF; physiotherapy; physical therapy; goals; outcome assessment; classification.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Rheumatology Clinic and Institute of Physical Medicine|
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||23 Jun 2011 14:07|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 16:45|
|Publisher:||Foundation for Rehabilitation Information|
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