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The ICF model and survey-instruments. Niels Kr. Rasmussen National Institute of Public Health, Denmark. Is the ICF-classification useful for classification of survey-instruments and survey based indicators or Are traditional surveys useful for measurements within the ICF framework.

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The icf model and survey instruments

The ICF model and survey-instruments

Niels Kr. Rasmussen

National Institute of Public Health, Denmark

Washington City Group on Disability Statistics


The icf model and survey instruments

  • Is the ICF-classification useful for classification of survey-instruments and survey based indicators

    • or

  • Are traditional surveys useful for measurements within the ICF framework

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Disability measures in european his

Disability measures in European HIS

  • Background: many approaches to and developments of general/holistic and specific measures of disability in European countries, both in special disability surveys and in multipurpose and HIS surveys, often based on the old OECD concepts and recommendations

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The icf model and survey instruments

  • Recent inventories

    • HIS/HES database developed within the HMP

    • Survey data on disability, Eurostat working paper

    • Updated summary inventory

  • Identification of app. 50 surveys measuring various aspects of disability from all EU-member states and some European

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Classifications used in inventories

Classifications used in inventories

  • Ad hoc, not theory-driven

  • What is it possible to expect respondents to respond to

    • Chronic or acute health problems,

    • Restriction of daily activities/general

    • Restriction in daily activities/specific

    • Participation in work and other

    • Access

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Global disability screening measures

Global disability screening measures

  • Limitation in daily activities (usually during a two week period

  • Longstanding illness (limiting)

    • In most surveys

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Comparability 1

Comparability (1)

  • Activity limitation/general

    • 5 out of 14 surveys

  • Activity limitation/specific:

    • Mobility, sensory, self-care

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Comparability 2

Comparability (2)

  • Different wording of questions or translations

  • Different recall periods

  • Differents domains and activities

  • Different qualifiers and scales

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What is the correspondance between eu surveys and icf

What is the correspondance between EU-surveys and ICF?

  • Body functions and structures

  • Health conditions or diseases

  • Activities

  • Participation

  • Environmental factors

  • Personal factors

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The icf model and survey instruments

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Problems in operationalising complex concepts for survey purposes

Problems in operationalising complex concepts for survey purposes

  • How to translate complex concepts into everyday language

  • Distinquishing between performance and capacity

  • Selfreporting of stigmatised matters

  • Selfreporting of surroundings and contexts and the barriers, effects etc on the individual

  • Validity, transcultural problems etc.

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