ICF - A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians andFamilies
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From time to time in the field of healthcare, an exciting new development emerges to challenge and potentially transform thinking and behaviour. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its framework is undoubtedly one of these transformative resources and is increasingly widely used in the field of childhood disability.

This accessible handbook introduces the ICF to professionals working with children with disabilities and their families. It contains an overview of the elements of the ICF but focusses on practical applications, including how the ICF framework can be used with children, families and carers to formulate health and management goals. The Appendices contain case studies for individuals and interdisciplinary teams to work through and discuss, alongside other resources, and a copy of an ICF code set for children and youth is available to download online.

Importantly, the book includes a chapter written by a parent of a child with impairments, illustrating the potential diverse applications of the ICF framework. The ICF’s relationship with patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and future alternatives to the current ICF framework are also examined.

Clinicians, paediatricians and other healthcare providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals, policy makers and the families and carers of children with disabilities will find this title an indispensable resource.


Author Appointments



Peter Rosenbaum



1 The ICF and the biopsychosocial model of health:

From ‘disease’ to ‘health condition’

Olaf Kraus de Camargo


2 The concept of ‘functioning’

Hillegonda A Stallinga


3 Personal factors in clinical practice and public health

Olaf Kraus de Camargo


4 Marriage between the ICF and patient-reported outcome measures

(PROMS): How good is the relationship?

Gabriel M Ronen



5 The ICF in clinical practice: Case scenarios and exercises

Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo


6 The development of effective health and social care teams:

ICF as the glue!

Stefanus Snyman, Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo


7 The ICF: Themes and tools for the education of health professionals

Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Stefanus Snyman


8 The ICF informing administration, policy and advocacy

Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Jaclyn Pederson



9 The ICF from the parent perspective

Jennifer Johannesen


10 Perspectives for future developments of the ICF:

Challenges and suggested considerations

Olaf Kraus de Camargo


Appendix 1: Case examples and exercises

Appendix 2: Team development phases

Appendix 3: My F-words goal sheet

Appendix 4: ICF discharge/referral form

Appendix 5: Blank ICF framework

Appendix 6: ICF code sets for children and youth

Appendix 7: Useful links and additional resources about the ICF