About the WHO-FIC Network Functioning Forum and how to use it

The Functioning Forum is a supported by the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network's Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG).

The objective of the Functioning Forum is to improve international comparability of data on human functioning and health by establishing appropriate application of the International Classification of Functioning Disability, and Health (ICF).

The Functioning Forum is an international network of about 100 members representing more than 40 countries and organizations that identifies and solves problems related to the interpretation and application of the ICF.

Problems are discussed and resolved in the forum, or fed into specialist discussions at the FDRG, resulting in enhanced application of ICF codes by:

  • making decisions regarding the interpretation of definitions and guidelines for use, and
  • deliberating on updates to the classification and the coding guidance.

The FDRG formulates recommendations for ICF updates that are based on these discussions through a democratic process which attempts to achieve consensus. Such updates include both, clarifications and correction of errors, in ICF.

For more information on the Network and FDRG see  https://www.who.int/classifications/network/en/   

Have you a question about ICF, its use, related tools or any other matter to do with ICF? Do you want to discuss with ICF users around the world what they are doing and the results they are finding? This forum is the place where you can connect with people with wide-ranging experience of the classification, and other users or potential users of ICF. All submissions to this Forum are moderated by members of the WHO-FIC Network. Please see the Terms and Conditions.

Topics already on the platform include:

  • ICF and statistics (E.g. ICF based data collections, analyses, linking data sets)
  • Selecting ICF categories (E.g. how many, which components, what level in the classification?)
  • Using qualifiers (E.g. ICF qualifiers, capacity and performance, creating new qualifiers.)
  • ICF-related tools (E.g. ICF Checklist, ‘Core Sets’, Model Disability Survey)
  • Using WHO-DAS 2
  • ICF and interprofessional education

How to use the forum

  1. To use the WHO-FIC Functioning Forum, you must be registered and logged in
  2. Check whether your topic is already in the list of topics to the left of the screen there may be an answer to your enquiry already posted.
  3. If there is a topic that you are interested in, click on the topic line and see if your question has been answered already. You can read other submissions on the topic and add your own comments or questions.
  4. To add a comment, click on the earlier comment. A text box will appear. Enter your comment. You may elect to be notified of responses before clicking Submit response
  5. If your question or comment is new click + New discussion. A text box will appear.
    • Enter a Title for your entry at top left of the text box
    • Select an existing Category or Other’’ at top right of the text box
    • You have the option to select a Colour for a new topic at bottom left of the text box
    • Write your text then click Create discussion when complete

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