ICF-based Documentation Tool

Welcome to the interactive electronic ICF-based Documentation Tool !

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 more applicable for everyday use, WHO and the ICF Research Branch (www.icf-research-branch.org) created a process for developing core sets of ICF categories or "ICF Core Sets". ICF Core Sets facilitate the description of functioning, for example in clinical practice, by providing lists of essential categories that are relevant for specific health conditions and health care contexts. These ICF categories were selected from the entire ICF

following a scientific process based on preparatory studies and the involvement of a multidisciplinary group of experts.

To facilitate the use of ICF Core Sets, a manual outlining one approach for using them in clinical practice is available (see below). This interactive electronic documentation tool www.icf-core-sets.org was developed to accompany this manual. This tool is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Mandarin Chinese and Finnish. Click the button "Go to the electronic ICF-based Documentation Tool" below to access the tool in all the language versions.

Manual for Clinical Practice
Bickenbach J, Cieza A, Selb M, Stucki G (eds)
Hogrefe, Göttingen 2020

After the publication of its 1st edition in 2012, the 2nd edition of the "ICF Core Sets – Manual for Clinical Practice" is now available. It includes:
  • an introduction to the concepts of functioning and the biopsychosocial model of the ICF
  • a description of the ICF Core Set development process
  • practical tips for clinicians to apply the easy-to-use, comprehensive documentation form
  • case examples illustrating the application of specific ICF Core Sets
While the 1st edition is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, the 2nd edition is currently available only in English.

ICF Core Sets - Manual for Clinical Practice