Profile of the research cluster
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a framework for describing and organizing information on functioning and disability. It provides a standard language and a conceptual basis for the definition and measurement of health and disability.
ICF was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001. With the bio-psycho-social approach, it is a supplementary strategy for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Herein, ICF allows for a more comprehensive view on health and provides a standard language that can be used both interdisciplinary and internationally. This module has a person-centered approach in which the person whose health is to be assessed, takes part in the actual exchange process.
The aim of the research cluster is to examine the utilization and implementation of ICF in Germany. All our research approaches are in accord with WHOs objectives. Within WHO, different working groups are in charge of the different topics of the utilization and implementation of ICF.