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The international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF): A unifying model for the conceptual description of the rehabilitation strategy
Gerold Stucki, Alarcos Cieza and John Melvin
An important basis for the successful development of rehabilitation practice and research is a conceptually sound description of rehabilitation understood as a health strategy based on a universally accepted conceptual model and taxonomy of human functioning. With the approval of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) by the World Health Assembly in 2001 and t ...
Pages: 279-285
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The international classification of functioning, disability and health: A unifying model for the conceptualdescription of physical and rehabilitation medicine
Gerold Stucki and John Melvin
There is a need to develop a contemporary and internationally accepted conceptual description of physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM). The process of evolving such a definition can now rely on the unifying conceptual model and taxonomy of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and an ICF-based conceptual description of rehabilitation understood as a heal ...
Pages: 286-292
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Organizing human functioning and rehabilitation research into distinct scientific fields. Part I: Developing a comprehensive structure from the cell to society
Gerold Stucki and Gunnar Grimby
There is a need to organize rehabilitation and related research into distinct scientific fields in order to overcome the current limitations of rehabilitation research. Based on the general distinction in basic, applied and professional sciences applicable to research in general, and the rehabilitation relevant distinction between the comprehensive perspective based on WHO’s integrative model ...
Pages: 293-298
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Organizing human functioning and rehabilitation research into distinct scientific fields. Part II: Conceptual descriptioins and domains for research
Gerold Stucki, Jan D. Reinhardt and Gunnar Grimby
Human functioning and rehabilitation research can be organized into 5 distinct scientific fields. The objective of this paper is to provide conceptual descriptions and to outline selected research domains for 4 of the 5 distinct scientific fields. A conceptual description of the biosciences in rehabilitation and the presentation of respective research domains are beyond the scope of this paper. Th ...
Pages: 299-307
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Organizing human functioning and rehabilitation research into distinct scientific fields: Part III: Scientific journals
Jan D. Reinhardt , Pius Hofer, Stephan Arenz and Gerold Stucki
Objective: The variety of human functioning and rehabilitation research makes it difficult to overview the whole area with respect to journals, societies and conferences of potential relevance to a research question in focus. The objective of this paper is thus to provide an outline of scientific journals, societies and conferences of major relevance to human functioning and rehabilitation researc ...
Pages: 308-322
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Developing human functioning and rehabilitation research part I: Academic training programs
Gerold Stucki
Key to building research capacity is the development of a qualified workforce. This requires the establishment of academic training programs and the creation of attractive research career opportunities. The adoption of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as unifying conceptual model for rehabilitation, the emergence of distinct scientific fields of human function ...
Pages: 323-333
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Developing human functioning and rehabilitation research part II: Interdisciplinary university centers and national and regional collaboration networks
Gerold Stucki and Marco Celio
There is a strong movement towards interdisciplinary research around common and scientifically competitive themes, both at universities and at the national and regional level. Human functioning and rehabilitation is a new, highly innovative and relevant theme. It has the potential to attract researchers from a wide range of disciplines, institutions and organizations. It is thus of interest for un ...
Pages: 334-342
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