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Selection of ICF Core Sets for Functioning Assessment in Disability Evaluation Toward the Assignment to Return to Work Programs and/or Disability Benefits

  • Urban SchweglerEmail author
  • Melissa Selb
  • Reuben Escorpizo
  • Gerold Stucki
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Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)

Abstract

Disability evaluation is crucial for deciding on claimants’ eligibility for disability benefits or their assignment to appropriate return to work programs. Recently emerging criticism points to low transparency and comparability of the evaluations. They are often reported in a poorly standardized way and focus on the determination of a claimant’s health condition rather than on a comprehensible documentation of his or her functioning at work. In addition, the evaluations hardly explain how the claimant’s work functioning is influenced by impairments and contextual factors. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) represents the worldwide standard for reporting on functioning and disability. Based on a biopsychosocial framework, the ICF conceptualizes human functioning holistically as the interplay between body functions and structures, activities and participation, as well as contextual factors and thus promises transparent reporting in disability evaluation. Moreover, the ICF taxonomy provides a comprehensive spectrum of categories for standardized documentation of functioning assessments which represent core elements of disability evaluation. ICF Core Sets preserve the ICF in a useable mode and may serve as practical tools for reporting on functioning assessments. This chapter illustrates how ICF Core Sets should be selected for functioning assessments in the context of disability evaluation toward the assignment to return to work programs and/or eligibility determination for disability benefits.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Injury Ankylose Spondylitis Work Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Disability Benefit 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Abbreviations

AS

Ankylosing spondylitis

CWP

Chronic widespread pain

EUMASS

European Union of Medicine in Assurance and Social Security

GHS

German National Health Interview and Examination Survey

ICF

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

ICF-CS

ICF Core Set

LBP

Low back pain

NHANES

United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

RTW

Return to work

SCI

Spinal cord injury

VR

Vocational rehabilitation

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Urban Schwegler
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Melissa Selb
    • 1
    • 3
  • Reuben Escorpizo
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gerold Stucki
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Swiss Paraplegic ResearchNottwilSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Health Sciences and Health PolicyUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland
  3. 3.ICF Research BranchWHO CC FIC in Germany (DIMDI)NottwilSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Physical TherapyLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA

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