Development and Testing of an ICF-Based Questionnaire to Evaluate Functioning in Vocational Rehabilitation: The Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ)

  • Monika Elisabeth FingerEmail author
  • Robert De Bie
  • Dennis Nowak
  • Reuben Escorpizo
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


This chapter will introduce the reader to an example on how an assessment instrument, based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health can be developed. It lines out the reasoning behind the development of the new instrument as well as the methodology that was used. The instrument is a questionnaire designed to evaluate functioning in vocational rehabilitation – the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ).

In a further step the strengths and weaknesses of a generic instrument as the WORQ and the need for disease-specific or symptom-specific instruments and their respective roles in the vocational rehabilitation process will be discussed.

In this context we also reflect on the role of environmental and personal factors when evaluating functioning in vocational rehabilitation.


Personal Factor Vocational Rehabilitation World Health Survey Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention Vocational Rehabilitation Setting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika Elisabeth Finger
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Robert De Bie
    • 4
  • Dennis Nowak
    • 5
  • Reuben Escorpizo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
  1. 1.ICF UnitSwiss Paraplegic ResearchNottwilSwitzerland
  2. 2.ICF Research Branch, WHO CC FIC in Germany (DIMDI)NottwilSwitzerland
  3. 3.Caphri Research SchoolMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Epidemiology and Institute for EducationMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Clinical CenterLudwig-Maximilians-UniversityMunichGermany
  6. 6.Department of Rehabilitation and Movement ScienceThe University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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