The Creation of a Comprehensive and a Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Purpose In May 2001, to integrate biological, psychological, and social aspects of human functioning, the World Health Assembly endorsed the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The aim of this article is to describe the creation of Comprehensive and Brief ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss. The core ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   December 01, 2013
The Creation of a Comprehensive and a Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Berth Danermark
    Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Sweden
    Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden
  • Sarah Granberg
    Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Sweden
    Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden
    HEAD (Hearing and Deafness) Research School, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Sophia E. Kramer
    VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Melissa Selb
    International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Research Branch in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications in Germany (at DIMDI), Nottwil, Switzerland
    Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, Switzerland
  • Claes Möller
    Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Sweden
    Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden
  • Correspondence to Berth Danermark: berth.danermark@oru.se
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
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Research Forum   |   December 01, 2013
The Creation of a Comprehensive and a Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
American Journal of Audiology, December 2013, Vol. 22, 323-328. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0052)
History: Received October 12, 2012 , Revised January 7, 2013 , Accepted January 13, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2013, Vol. 22, 323-328. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0052)
History: Received October 12, 2012; Revised January 7, 2013; Accepted January 13, 2013
Web of Science® Times Cited: 15

Purpose In May 2001, to integrate biological, psychological, and social aspects of human functioning, the World Health Assembly endorsed the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The aim of this article is to describe the creation of Comprehensive and Brief ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss. The core sets consist of the most relevant ICF categories for hearing loss.

Method and Results Four preparatory studies were carried out and presented at a consensus conference, resulting in a Comprehensive ICF Core Set for Hearing Loss, consisting of 117 ICF categories, and a Brief ICF Core Set for Hearing Loss, consisting of 27 categories (of the 117).

Conclusion The Comprehensive ICF Core Set for Hearing Loss can be a user-friendly tool for conducting comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments. The Brief ICF Core Set can be used for many purposes, such as research and population studies. However, its most common use is by individuals seeking to provide a brief description and assessment of functioning of a person with hearing loss.

Acknowledgments
We wish to acknowledge Oticon Research Foundation, the Nordic Audiological Society, the Stinger Foundation, and the Hearing Foundation for their financial support. We also wish to express our thanks to the ICF Research Branch for support during the work with the core sets.
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