Purpose: The aim of this consensus process was to decide on a first version of the ICF Core Set for neurological patients in early post-acute rehabilitation facilities.
Methods: The ICF Core Set development involved a formal decision-making and consensus process, integrating evidence gathered from preliminary studies including focus groups of health professionals, a systematic review of the literature and empiric data collection from patients.
Results: Seventeen experts selected a total of 116 second-level categories. The largest number of categories was selected from the ICF component Body Functions (54 categories or 47%). Eleven (9%) of the categories were selected from the component Body Structures, 34 (29%) were of the categories from the component Activities and Participation, and 17 (15%) from the component Environmental Factors.
Conclusion: The Post-acute ICF Core Set for neurological patients is a clinical framework to comprehensively assess patients in early post-acute rehabilitation facilities, particularly in an interdisciplinary setting. This first ICF Core Set will be further tested through empiric studies in German-speaking countries and internationally.