ICF Core Set for patients with neurological conditions in early post-acute rehabilitation facilities

Disabil Rehabil. 2005 Apr;27(7-8):389-95. doi: 10.1080/09638280400014022.


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.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / classification*
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Rehabilitation Centers / standards*
  • World Health Organization