ICF Resources

What is the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)?

"The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, known more commonly as ICF, is a classification of health and health-related domains. As the functioning and disability of an individual occurs in a context, ICF also includes a list of environmental factors." (Source: World Health Organization)

ICF Related Documents and Links

ICF Searchable Database

The ICF: An overview (PDF File) 

How to use the ICF. A Practical Manual for using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (PDF file) 

2015 World Report on Ageing and Health (PDF file)

2011 World Report on Disability

2008 Training Manual on Disability Statistics

Towards a Common Language for Functioning, Disability and Health, ICF report from 2002 (PDF file)

ICF: Original from 2001 (PDF file)

ICF: Short version from 2001

Additional Articles and Resources

Published by U-M CDHW Members

U-M CDHW members Drs. Michelle Meade and Elham Mahmoudi, along with U-M School of Public Health's Dr. Shoou-Yih Lee co-authored a paper entitled "The intersection of disability and healthcare disparities: a conceptual framework" (PDF file). The 2014 paper was published in Disability and Rehabilitation which is an international multidisciplinary journal. Below is an excerpt:

Implications for Rehabilitation

  • Evaluates the main models of healthcare disparity and disability to create an integrated framework.
  • Provides a comprehensive conceptual model of healthcare disparity that specifically targets issues related to individuals with disabilities.
  • Conceptualizes how personal and environmental factors interact to produce disparities in access to healthcare and healthcare quality.
  • Recognizes and targets modifiable factors to reduce disparities between and within individuals with disabilities.

Citation: Meade, M. A., Mahmoudi, E., & Lee, S. Y. (2015). The intersection of disability and healthcare disparities: a conceptual framework. Disability and rehabilitation37(7), 632–641. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.938176

Published by Non U-M CDHW Members

Shifting the focus to functioning: essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3, Inclusive Universal Health coverage and supporting COVID-19 survivors

Determinants of self-rated health in old age: A population-based, cross-sectional study using the international classification of functioning

Why is telerehabilitation necessary? A pre-post covid-19 comparative study of ICF activity and participation - PDF file 

Applying the WHO ICF framework to the outcome measures used in the evaluation of Long-Term clinical outbreaks 

How long covid could change the way we think about disability - Washington Post article