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ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) - Synopsis

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is produced by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICF is part of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC).

ICF is an international standard for describing and measuring health and disability.

ICF is a classification of health and health-related domains, and includes environmental factors. The domains are classified from body, individual and societal viewpoints. Two main lists classify these domains: body functions and structure, and activity and participation. The list of environmental factors is used to record the impact of environment on the functioning of a person.

ICF is useful for understanding and measuring health outcomes. It can be used in clinical settings, health services or surveys at the individual or population level.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
ICF was last updated in the 2009AA Metathesaurus.

Sites Consulted

  1. WHO: World Health Organization [Internet]. Geneva: World Health Organization; c2009. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); [cited 2009 Apr 07]. Available from:; ICF application areas: