The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health core sets for multiple sclerosis

Poster (RES)

Maarit Karhula1,2,Katja Kanelisto1, Juhani Ruutiainen3, Päivi Hämäläinen4, Anna-Liisa Salminen5

1) GeroCenter Foundation for Research and Development, Kinkomaa, Finland, 2) Department of Health Sciences, Jyväskylä University, Jyväskylä, Finland, 3) Finnish MS Society, Masku, Finland, 4) Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, Masku, Finland, 5) The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

Introduction: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Sets are designed to capture most relevant categories of functioning affected by specific diseases.

Aim: To add evidence to the validation of the ICF Comprehensive and Brief Core Sets for multiple sclerosis from the client's perspective.

Method: In this cross-sectional study 113 Finnish community-dwelling persons with multiple sclerosis were assessed using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure. Participants' perceived occupational performance problems were categorized according to the constructs of the ICF.

Results: Participants identified 527 most important occupational performance problems. They were addressed in all ICF activity and participation chapters, and classified in 44 second level ICF categories.

Conclusion: Most, but not all ICF activities and participation categories of the ICF core sets for multiple sclerosis could be confirmed from the client's perspective. The results indicate that it is crucial to consider subjective experiences in the rehabilitation process.

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