ICF Based Documentation Form


The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a common framework to understand and describe functioning and disability. To make the ICF applicable in practice and to allow a user-friendly description of functioning and disability, WHO and the ICF Research Branch (www.icf-research-branch.org) created a scientifically-based process for developing core sets of ICF categories or "ICF Core Sets". ICF Core Sets facilitate the description of functioning in clinical practice by providing lists of categories that are relevant for specific health conditions and health care contexts.

These ICF categories were selected from the entire ICF following a scientific approach based on preliminary studies and with the involvement of experts.

This Electronic Documentation Form is currently available in English, German, Finnish, Chinese, Spanish, and French to facilitate the description of functioning based on ICF Core Sets in clinical practice. A detailed instruction of how to use this documentation form and background information about ICF Core Sets can be found in the ICF Core Sets: Manual for Clinical Practice. See information below.

Manual for Clinical Practice
Bickenbach J, Cieza A, Rauch A, Stucki G (eds)
Hogrefe, Göttingen 2012

This manual includes:
  • An introduction to the concepts of functioning and disability.
  • A description of the development process of the ICF Core Sets and their purpose.
  • An introduction to the application of the ICF Core Sets in clinical practice based on a documentation form and use cases that illustrate the application of the documentation form.
  • A CD-ROM including all available ICF Core Sets and the corresponding documentation forms. The documentation forms can be printed and directly applied in practice.

ICF Core Sets - Manual for Clinical Practice