Information about functioning and disability is essential for clinical practice, research, education, as well as for health and social policy and advocacy. Increasingly, countries are enhancing their data about functioning and disability using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The ICF is an international standard for health and disability information - key for collecting valid, reliable and comparable health and disability data.
To be a standard for harmonization and comparability, however, ICF has to be applied consistently around the world by all users, and that means the aims and rationale of the ICF, and the specific skills needed to use it, must be taught in an accessible and standardized manner. In order to reach this objective, a web-based training tool to teach the ICF model and the classification terms has been developed. ICF Research Branch has taken the lead in developing this ICF e-learning tool under the auspices of the Education and Implementation Committee of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC).
The content of this tool follows the specifications of the ICF core curriculum modules compiled by members of the WHO Functioning and Disability Reference Group and the WHO Education and Implementation Committee. These curriculum modules provide the framework for developing generic programs for ICF education and training, suitable for a range of potential users and countries. At this stage, the introductory module is online, while the other modules are still under development.
The introductory module is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the ICF. This could include the general public, people with disabilities, care providers and advocates, health professionals, people from the education and other sectors involved with services for people with disability. The introductory module has been revised and field tested. The results of the field testing are currently being implemented. The finalized version will be released on the WHO website in due time - expected in 2018. Nevertheless, the field-testing version is still available for use by clicking on this following visual of the revised ICF e-learning tool.