Title: Evaluating the ICF as a framework for clinical
assessment of persons for assistive technology device recommendation
Author: Arthanat S, Lenker JA
Publication: Paper presented at the 10th North American
Collaborating Center (NACC) Conference on ICF, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Assistive technology (AT) supports function and independence in life
roles for persons with disabilities. AT assessment, intervention planning,
and outcomes measurement are complicated by the heterogeneity of user
populations, AT devices, contextual environments, and participation needs
of device users. This paper will discuss the potential for the International
Classification for Health, Disability and Functioning (ICF) (World Health
Organization, 2001) to be used as a clinical assessment tool that supports
AT device recommendation. The paper will highlight the relevance of the
ICF to AT practice, illustrate compatibility of the ICF model to AT assessment
elements, and discuss the need for development of an ICF based AT assessment.
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