Validation of the ICF core set for neuromuscular diseases

I. Bos, Gonda Stallinga, B. Middel, J.B. Kuks, Klaske Wynia

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BACKGROUND: Understanding of the consequences of a neuromuscular disease (NMD) can improve when a valid sample of disease-specific categories based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disabilities, and Health (ICF) is available.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the content validity of the initial ICF Core Set for neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). The initial ICF Core Set was developed for three chronic neurological diseases.
DESIGN: A qualitative method.
METHODS: To examine the content validity of the initial ICF Core Set for NMD, concepts in established disease-specific health-related Quality of Life Questionnaires (HRQOL) were compared with ICF categories. Next, the selected ICF categories were linked to the ICF categories in the initial ICF Core Set.
RESULTS: All concepts in the HRQOL questionnaires, except one body function concept, were covered by the initial ICF Core Set. However, the NMD Core Set reflects a broader scope concerning health problems than the concepts in the HRQOL questionnaires do, especially concerning the "Participation" and "Environmental Factors" components.
CONCLUSION: The NMD Core Set, as well as a measurement based on this Core Set, can contribute to a better understanding of the consequences of NMDs and can also serve as a basis for clinical practice, research, social security systems, and educational programs.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: The newly developed NMD Core Set can be a basis for enhancing the development of rehabilitation interventions and improving overall health care for patients with a NMD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-187
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • neuromuscular diseases
  • classification

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