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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2007 Mar-Apr;25(2):252-8.

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Set for patients with acute arthritis.

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  • 1ICF Research Branch of the WHO FIC Collaborating Center (DIMDI), Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany.



The aim of this consensus process was to construct a preliminary version of the ICF Core Set for acute inflammatory arthritis.


The development of the ICF Core Set involved a formal decision-making and consensus process, integrating evidence gathered from preliminary studies including focus groups of health professionals, a systematic review of the literature, and empiric data collection from patients.


Thirty-three experts selected a total of 79 second-level categories for the Comprehensive Core Set and 40 second-level categories for the Brief Core Set. The largest number of categories was selected from the ICF component Activities and Participation (28 categories or 35%). Eighteen (23%) of the categories were selected from the component Body Functions, 13 (16%) from the component Body Structures, and 20 (25%) from the component Environmental Factors.


The ICF Core Set for acute arthritis is a clinical framework designed to comprehensively assess patients in acute care hospitals and early post-acute rehabilitation facilities. This preliminary version of the ICF Core Set will be further tested through empiric studies in German-speaking countries and internationally.

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