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Rehabil Nurs. 2016 May-Jun;41(3):170-8. doi: 10.1002/rnj.190. Epub 2014 Nov 25.

Examining Functioning and Contextual Factors in Individuals with Joint Contractures from the Health Professional Perspective Using the ICF: An International Internet-Based Qualitative Expert Survey.

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1
Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometrics and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany.
2
German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders (DSGZ), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany.
3
School of Nursing Science, Witten/Herdecke University, Witten, Germany.
4
Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to identify disease-related aspects of functioning and disability in people with joint contractures from a health professionals' perspective and to describe the findings, using categories of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).

DESIGN:

An Internet-based expert survey.

METHODS:

We asked international health professionals for typical problems in functioning and important contextual factors of individuals with joint contractures using an Internet-based open-ended questionnaire. All answers were linked to the ICF according to established rules. Absolute and relative frequencies of the linked ICF categories were reported.

FINDINGS:

Eighty experts named 1785 meaning units which could be linked to 256 ICF categories. Among the categories, 24.2% belonged to the component Body Functions, 20.7% to Body Structures, 36.3% to Activities and Participation, and 18.8% to Environmental Factors.

CONCLUSION:

Health professionals addressed a large variety of functional problems and multifaceted aspects due to the symptom joint contractures.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

International health professionals reported a large variety of aspects of functioning and health, which are related to joint contractures.

KEYWORDS:

Contracture; activities of daily living; expert opinion; geriatric assessment; social participation

PMID:
25425183
DOI:
10.1002/rnj.190
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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