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A pilot to investigate the use of the icf in documenting levels of function and disability in people living with hiv

By J. Jelsma, N. Brauer, C. Hahn, A. Snoek and I. Sykes

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<p><em><strong>Objective: </strong>The study was a pilot study aimed at investigating the use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) checklist developed by the World Health Organisation in determining the function of individuals living with HIV in a township near Cape Town.</em></p><p><em><strong>Methods:</strong> Twelve participants attending the HIV clinic were examined</em><br /><em>using the ICF checklist.</em></p><p><em><strong>Findings: </strong>Areas of the ICF in which problems were noted included emotional functioning and energy and drive. Four</em><em> participants complained of increased sensitivity to sound. Several respondents (three) reported difficulties in relation</em><em>ships with community members, with less having problems in family and intimate relationships. Conclusion: The ICF</em><br /><em>was found to be time consuming and many codes were not relevant. Some of the concepts were not well understood by</em><em> the participants. However, despite limitations, the use of the ICF in a resource poor setting formed a useful framework</em><em> within which to examine the functional problems of HIV infected individuals. In the absence of any equivalent unifying</em><em> framework within which to classify health and health related states, the use of the ICF merits further investigation. </em></p

Topics: Icf, hiv, stigma, Special situations and conditions, RC952-1245
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.4102/sajp.v62i1.145
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:d0082f98ba0d4c01b8db49956e277132
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