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Applying the Comprehensive International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core Sets for stroke framework to stroke survivors living in the community.

Journal article
Authors Markku Paanalahti
Åsa Lundgren Nilsson
Anton Arndt
Katharina S Sunnerhagen
Published in Journal of rehabilitation medicine : official journal of the UEMS European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume 45
Issue 4
Pages 331-340
ISSN 1651-2081
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 331-340
Language en
Keywords stroke; qualitative study; ICF
Subject categories Neurology, Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


Objective: The aims of this study were to explore the perspective of functioning in community-dwelling people with prior stroke and to confirm, if possible, the Comprehensive International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Comprehensive Core Set for stroke. Methods: Qualitative interviews were analysed (using the content analysis method and established ICF linking rules) from 22 persons following stroke (age range 59-87 years), as well as their spouses/partners, where relevant. Results: Ninety-nine (76%) of 130 second-level ICF categories in the existing Comprehensive ICF Core Set for stroke were confirmed: 31 categories (of 41) in the component of body functions, 38 categories (of 51) in the component of activities and participation, 26 (of 33) in the component of environmental factors and 4 (of 5) in the component of body structures. Eleven additional ICF categories and one personal factor, a coping style of "I take it as it comes" were also identified in the transcribed text. Conclusion: The Comprehensive ICF Core Set for stroke was largely confirmed.

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