ICF-Based Process Management in Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Spinal Cord Injury

  • Stefan StaubliEmail author
  • Urban Schwegler
  • Klaus Schmitt
  • Bruno Trezzini
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


This chapter illustrates first experiences with the practical application of a participation-oriented rehabilitation management strategy in the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPZ), a specialized rehabilitation clinic for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). The SPZ follows a rehabilitation strategy based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). In this chapter, we focus on the application of this strategy in the context of vocational rehabilitation (VR). In a first step, we will describe the organizational and legal context in which VR takes place at the SPZ. Then we show how the ICF is implemented in the structures and processes of the SPZ in general and of the Institute of Vocational Counseling (IBF) as part of the SPZ in particular. In so doing, we focus on the introduction of specific goal categories in the rehabilitation process. In addition, and using a concrete case example, we illustrate the recently developed treatment process, vocational measures. The chapter will conclude with reflections on open issues and future strategies.


Spinal Cord Injury Vocational Rehabilitation Competitive Employment Patient Pathway Vocational Counseling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Staubli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Urban Schwegler
    • 2
    • 3
  • Klaus Schmitt
    • 1
  • Bruno Trezzini
    • 2
  1. 1.Swiss Paraplegic CenterNottwilSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Paraplegic ResearchNottwilSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Health Sciences and Health PolicyUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland

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