Useful links on ICF

A range of organisations and publishers have developed resources and tools to support those using, and informing others about, the use of the ICF.

Find ICF references

Biomedcentral is the publisher of 179 peer-reviewed open access journals . The research articles in all journals published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available online without charge. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings . You can register for access to journals via their website.

BioMed Central has introduced an information portal calling attention to the developing world's need for open access to the scientific literature.

ICF Community of Practice

An ICF ‘Community of Practice’ website hosted by the Centre for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange opened in 2006.  It may be a useful source of information from the earliest years of the ICF; 2001 to 2006.

This website hosts an ICF forum, for discussion of ICF related questions, a bulletin board, a list of resources and links to other websites with ICF content.

ICF education materials

A set of curriculum modules has been developed, upon which courses, lectures, workshops and courses of study can be built.  Download the curriculum modules for ICF education

Outcomes Calculator

The Centre for Allied Health Evidence together with the School of Computing Science (University of South Australia), has developed the Outcomes Calculator to facilitate the use of standardised outcome measures in clinical practice to monitor change in patient status over time.

The outcome measures contained within the Outcomes Calculator have been selected based on their validity, reliability, sensitivity to detect change over time and clinical utility for patient populations frequently treated by physiotherapists. They represent a range of aspects of functioning/disability, which are measured at the level of body functions/structure, the individual and society, as defined by the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

ICF illustration library

The ICF illustration library is an illustrated website version of the ICF. It provides a simple way of navigating the structure and construction of ICF. The website includes Japanese, English and Spanish versions of the library. Access to each version is free, and it enables users to view the classification via a hierarchical structure with accompanying codes, text and illustrations. The pages on the site can potentially be used as a training aid for understanding the structure and composition of the ICF, as well as an online aid for using and interpreting the ICF classification system. Use of the illustrations in addition to the text result in more standardised interpretation of the classification and thus ensures consistency of its interpretation. Although the library has been specifically designed with dealing with elderly patients in mind, its design would also lend itself to being adapted for other patients groups and used in other cultural settings.