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Development and validation of clinical tools developed on International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.08.00  Medical sciences  Public health (occupational safety)   

Code Science Field
B680  Biomedical sciences  Public health, epidemiology 
B710  Biomedical sciences  Physical medicine, kinesitherapy, revalidation, rehabilitation 
health, functioning, stroke, breast cancer, traumatic brain injury
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  10330  PhD Nikola Bešić  Oncology  Researcher  2008 - 2011  468 
2.  14962  PhD Helena Burger  Public health (occupational safety)  Head  2008 - 2011  864 
3.  10684  PhD Nika Goljar  Neurobiology  Researcher  2008 - 2011  341 
4.  12023  PhD Marko Hočevar  Oncology  Researcher  2008 - 2011  470 
5.  03324  PhD Črt Marinček  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2008 - 2011  562 
6.  14038  PhD Zlatko Matjačić  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2008 - 2011  370 
7.  17837  PhD Gaj Vidmar  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2008 - 2011  550 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0302  Institute of Oncology Ljubljana  Ljubljana  5055733000  15,468 
2.  0309  University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5053919000  5,742 
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a scientific basis for understanding and studying health, establishes a common language for describing helath and health-related conditions, enables comprisons between countries, healthcare activities, servicies and time-periods, and offers a systematic data coding scheme. It consists of almost 1500 codes (divided into 4 domains: body functions, body structures, activities and participation, environmental factors), which is not practical for clinical use. Experts have already developed some ICF-based clinical tools, and some are under development. Existing tools differ notably and use different number of codes; it has not been proven yet which is the most practical for clinical use. The tool must be short, yet encompassing all codes that are important for an individual's health and having adequate psychometric properties. Our research is aimed to check agreement between experts from the same field and from different fields regarding use of codes for describing the same health condition and regarding use of descriptors; to establish whether pathology-specific or general tools are more appropriate; to assess usability and validity of some existing tools; and to contribute to development of the ICF core set for patients after traumatic brain injury and patients after limb amputation. The later two groups will be included together with patients after stroke, breast cancer or in need of medical technical aids, i.e., patients suffering from consequences of diseases that represent major health problems in Slovenia and abroad. We will establish which method is the most adequate for collecting accurate data on individual and population health. Project results will serve as the basis for healthcare planning, healthcare network development, high-quality research and action in individual cases, all of which will contribute to the progress of individuals and society, as well as for establishing an information system for permanent collection of data on population health in the Rep.of Slovenia.
Significance for science
The project helped us establish which method is valid and sufficiently simple and quick to be used in daily clinical practice for gathering accurate data on health of the individuals and of the population. Accurate data on health can serve as the basis for high-quality clinical studies, clinical decision-making and evidence-based medicine, as well as for planning health care services and health care network. The results have strong impact on introducing the ICF into clinical practice. The World Health Organisation, the European and the International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine support the introduction of ICF into clinical practice and the development of ICF-based tools. By studying validity of existing tools and developing new ones, all the published work will have strong international impact.
Significance for the country
The results of the project will serve as the basis for healthcare planning, healthcare network development, high-quality studies and proper course of action in individual cases, all of which contribute to the to the progress and success of individuals and the society, as well as for setting up an information system for regular health data collection in the Republic of Slovenia.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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