The International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, version for children and youth as a roadmap for projecting and programming rehabilitation in a neuropaediatric hospital unit
Andrea Martinuzzi, Annamaria Salghetti, Silvana Betto, Emanuela Russo, Matilde Leonardi, Alberto Raggi, Carlo Francescutti
Objective: To test the impact of introducing a format based on the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, version for children and youth (ICF-CY) as a road-map for in-hospital paediatric neuro-rehabilitation on target definition, intra-team communication and workload as perceived by involved professionals.
Design: Single-centre pilot testing with impact assessment.
Patients: Team members of a tertiary care paediatric neuro-rehabilitation unit included 15 consecutive patients with severe neurological conditions.
Methods: An ICF-CY based format for rehabilitation projection and programming was constructed and tested for 12 months. The format comprises 3 sections: project, programme, and follow-up. Impact on the rehabilitation team was assessed with a questionnaire.
Results: All cases were described according to their specific needs with appropriate ICF-CY codes, and the interventions were linked to needs and targets. ICF-CY was judged an efficient tool in providing a road-map for rehabilitation in this setting, although concern was voiced about timing and workload.
Conclusion: ICF-CY may work as a road-map for in-hospital
paediatric neuro-rehabilitation. Its implementation results in perceived improvements in the process. Training requirements and accurate evaluation of timing, workload and organizational context are critical issues that should be addressed before results from the present experience are generalized.
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