A Common Language for Interprofessional Education: The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)

Format Publication ID Version Published
Case, Reference, Presentation 9321 1 January 28, 2013

Description

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was adopted in 2001 as a common language among health professionals to measure health and disability. This classification system allows for health and wellness to be viewed on a continuum and mainstreams disability as an integral part of the human experience. The ICF model shifts the focus of patient encounters from the biomedical model to the biopsychosocial model, enabling healthcare providers to gain a better understanding of the person. The ICF also provides an ideal language for interprofessional education (IPE) by allowing students from multiple backgrounds to communicate more effectively using a common set of terms and allowing students to appreciate how collaboration with others optimizes patient care. 

The attached ICF curricular resources serve as training modules for both faculty and students and can be used in any simulated or case-based IPE activity. These resources include a faculty development workshop, student reading material, a powerpoint lecture to be presented to students and accompanying lecture guide, case-based exercises for students, and examples of the application of the ICF in an existing IPE curriculum. 

Citation

Ankam N, Levinson M, Jerpbak C, Collins L, Umland E, Kern S, Egger S, Lucatorto K, Covelman K, Koeuth S. A Common Language for Interprofessional Education: The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9321

Educational Objectives

  1. Define key WHO-ICF concepts, including health conditions, impairments, activity and participation. 
  2. Apply the structure, language, and concepts of the ICF in describing how a person’s health conditions and impairments interact with their personal and environmental factors 
  3. Incorporate ICF concepts into team-based interviews and assignments as part of the longitudinal IPE curriculum. 

Keywords

  • ICF, Common Language, IPE, Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC), Conditions, Impairments

Specialty

  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Discipline

  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Patient Care
    • Skills & Doctoring

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Patient Care
    • Systems-based Practice
  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Patient Care

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Psychology/Behavioral Science
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Interprofessional
  • Systems Based Practice

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Lecture

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