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Diagnosis to Function: Classification for Children and Youths


Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: August 2005 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 323-330
Special Article

ABSTRACT. This article provides an overview of a newly approved World Health Organization framework and classification system for human functioning. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) identifies dimensions of human functioning and describes a common language for clinical practice, research, and policy development across disciplines and service systems. This presentation highlights the development of a version of the ICF for children and youths (ICF-CY) and its potential utility in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Clinical, research, and policy dimensions are described. Limitations related to scope and clarity of the framework are also outlined. The article proposes that serious consideration be given the ICF-CY as an integrated system to clarify constructs, improve communication, and encourage coordination of health services for children and youths.

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta, Georgia

2University of North Carolina School of Education and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Address for reprints: Donald J. Lollar, Ed.D., CDC/NCBDDD, 1600 Clifton Road NE, E87, Atlanta, GA 30333.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.