Using WHO’s ICF Model on Service Needs of Patients with Pneumoconiosis

  • Chetwyn C. H. ChanEmail author
  • Eric W. Tsang
  • Andrew Siu
  • Henry Kwok
  • Andy Cheng
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


In this chapter, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model of the World Health Organization (WHO) was used as a framework to construct a survey for the assessment of satisfaction of needs for a group of pneumoconiosis patients in Hong Kong. The results illustrated that the ICF model can be a useful tool to describe the service needs and reflect the needs satisfaction among these patients. The ICF model expanded the areas of concern for patients and practitioners to include domains such as pulmonary functions and physical fitness, as well as health services, policies, and systems, support and relationships with family members, and recreation and leisure. The findings of the survey could guide future service development of the agency in the areas of participation and activity.


Respiratory Function Vocational Rehabilitation Voluntary Work Rehabilitation Service Employment Service 
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The authors would like to thank the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board of Hong Kong for providing the funding and assistance for completing the satisfaction of needs survey of pneumoconiosis patients in Hong Kong. Thanks should also go to the patients who participated in this survey and Ms Elsie Ong who implemented the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chetwyn C. H. Chan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric W. Tsang
    • 2
  • Andrew Siu
    • 2
  • Henry Kwok
    • 2
  • Andy Cheng
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Applied Cognitive Neuroscience LaboratoryThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong

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