Perceived usefulness of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) increases after a short training: A randomized controlled trial in master of advanced nursing practice students

Hillegonda A Stallinga, Pieter U Dijkstra, Huib Ten Napel, Gabriël Roodbol, Jeroen W B Peters, Yvonne F Heerkens, Petrie F Roodbol

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The Master program of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) educates nurses to become a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners are health care professionals focusing on the intersection of cure and care. However, a clear model covering that area is lacking. The use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) may be considered for incorporation in curricula due to its focus on the integration of cure and care. The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a short (= 4-h instructor-led) ICF training on perceived usefulness of the ICF. In a randomized controlled trial, 76 MANP students were randomly allocated to intervention or control group. Data were collected using an 'ICF survey and learning assessment tool'. Data of 56 students were included for analysis. Perceived usefulness of the ICF increased significantly in the intervention group immediately after training (p = 0.001) but no longer at 3-months follow-up (p = 0.388). Attitude and knowledge related to the ICF were significantly increased in the intervention group at both post-training assessments (p < 0.001 and 0.02). The positive influence of the ICF training on perceived usefulness of the ICF is relevant for including ICF in MANP curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalNurse education in practice
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018


  • ICF training
  • Master of advanced nursing practice
  • Learning outcomes
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • WORK
  • CARE

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