Why is Personal Factors not part of the Classification?

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  • Stefanus Snyman 1 year ago

    Can anybody please explain to me why the Personal Factors in ICF have no codes. Is it not part of the Classification? Can one code Personal Factors? I need a motivation.

  • Sara Abdo 1 year ago

    Hello there Stefanus, I am just reading the Practice Manual created by WHO in 2013 in draft form. They have the answer to your question being breifly explained there on page 43. In summary, personal factors are variant and dependant on the context people are coming from. For instance, as a person working with people from countries all over the world, it becomes clearer that there is no possible way to standardize the information in this area and categorize it in a way that meets the needs of the assessment tool. There is simply too much out there in terms of uniqueness. The practice manual also mentions that the elements that might be connected to personal factors, such as socioeconomic status, education etc, captured elsewhere in the ICF. Additionally, they suggest that providers try to find ways to capture the data for future development.  I hope this helps! Please also refer to the other discussion on Personal factors as our colleagues have given some tools to guide us in what some of these factors might look like.

  • Stefanus Snyman 1 year ago

    Thank you Sara, it helps.

  • Catherine Sykes 1 year ago

    For a discussion on personal factors look at ''ICF and ICF-CY lessons learned: Pandora's box of personal factors.'' Disability and Rehabilitation, 2014;36(25):2187-94. and the reply from members of the WHO Family of International Classifications Network  ''Do we really need to open a classification box on personal factors in ICF?'' Disability and Rehabilitation, 2015,38(13),1327–1328.

  • Patricia Saleeby 1 year ago

    Social workers have always integrated personal factors into their comprehensive assessment process. It is handled in several ways, but usually a combination of formatted questions/responses (standard personal factors like demographic information) as well as open response spaces to allow for the inclusion of unique personal factors of the individual client/patient/consumer being assessed. As an assistant to the ICIDH-2 (precursor to the ICF) Environmental Task Force years ago when the Environment Chapter was being developed, I know it was a hurdle to convince a good number of people to even include the environment. Personal factors was just too much of an undertaking and much broader in scope. Hopefully some day we will find a way to make sure it is captured.

  • Stefanus Snyman 1 year ago

    You can also have a look at the list of Personal Factors compiled by the Dutch Collaborating Centre: http://icfeducation.org/resources/92

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