POSSIBILITIES OF USING THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF FUNCTIONING, DISABILITY AND HEALTH (ICF) BY GONIOMETRY AND MUSCLE TESTING IN PHYSIOTHERAPY

Zuzana Drábová, Marek Zeman, Miriam Ištoňová, Ludmila Brůhová
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Department of Clinical and Praeclinical Branches, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Marek Zeman (marek-zeman@seznam.cz)

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:2. 8. 2011
Accepted: 1. 11. 2011
Published online: 15. 12. 2011

Summary

Introduction: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is the evaluation that has been elaborated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and forms the conceptual frame for description of the disability. Today, relevant classification codes for persons with disability must be specified in the patient healthcare documentation in accordance with Communication No. 431/2009 Coll. (introduced into clinical practice in the Czech Republic by ICF starting from 1 July 2010). The objective of the article is to show or suggest, as appropriate, the options of assignment of ICF qualifier codes according to examinations performed in physiotherapy, specifically in goniometry and muscle test.

Material and methods: Research was performed using the method of case study in Bertiny lázně Třeboň in 2011; the tested set consists of 3 respondents. Entrance and final examinations were performed using the given methods and ICF codes were assigned to the examination results according to suggested schemes.

Results: For the sake of clear arrangement, the results were processed in a form of table schemes. As no similar thesis on this theme has been published yet, the only suggestion was to assign codes and their qualifiers to individual results of performed examinations, naturally supposing an ensuing broader discussion.

Conclusion: In physiotherapy we use for examination various specific methods most of which are subjective ones. Still, we need to find a way to make the information obtained in the examination objective according to a uniform scheme. The ICF classification is a certain option offered to us. Transformation of results of specific examinations in physiotherapy into simple schemes of ICF qualifiers is undoubtedly very useful for the other members of the multidisciplinary team. The reason is that they subsequently have the possibility, on the basis of multidimensional assessment of the given individual’s con­dition, to understand at least a little or to be able to imagine the severity of determined examinations in an issue, which they alone do not understand.

Keywords: ICF; physiotherapy; disability; qualifiers; goniometry; muscle test

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