Validation of the ICF core set for neuromuscular diseases

Isaac Bos, H. A. Stallinga, B. Middel, J. B. M. Kuks, K. Wynia

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Abstract

Background. Understanding of the consequences of a neuromuscular disease (NMD) can improve when a valid sample of disease-specific categories based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disabilities, and Health (ICF) is available.

Objective. To examine the content validity of the initial ICF Core Set for neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). The initial ICF Core Set was developed for three chronic neurological diseases.

Design. A qualitative method.

Methods. To examine the content validity of the initial ICF Core Set for NMD, concepts in established disease-specific health-related Quality of Life Questionnaires (HRQOL) were compared with ICF categories. Next, the selected ICF categories were linked to the ICF categories in the initial ICF Core Set.

Results. All concepts in the HRQOL questionnaires, except one body function concept, were covered by the initial ICF Core Set. However, the NMD Core Set reflects a broader scope concerning health problems than the concepts in the HRQOL questionnaires do, especially concerning the "Participation" and "Environmental Factors" components.

Conclusion. The NMD Core Set, as well as a measurement based on this Core Set, can contribute to a better understanding of the consequences of NMDs and can also serve as a basis for clinical practice, research, social security systems, and educational programs.

Clinical rehabilitation impact. The newly developed NMD Core Set can be a basis for enhancing the development of rehabilitation interventions and improving overall health care for patients with a NMD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-187
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine
Volume49
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2013

Keywords

  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Disabled persons
  • Health
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION
  • ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • CONCEPTUAL-FRAMEWORK
  • ITALIAN VALIDATION
  • MYASTHENIA-GRAVIS
  • HEALTH
  • DISABILITY
  • IMPACT

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