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  • ICF Accepting Suggestions for Changes

    The current version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is now open for suggested updates and corrections, and physical therapists (PTs) can get involved.

    Produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the ICF was endorsed by the APTA House of Delegates in 2008, and the association's upcoming third edition of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice will use the ICF framework. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' functional limitations reporting is based on the ICF components.

    Anyone interested in suggesting a change or reviewing proposals can access the information by way of a free registration at the ICF website. The system also allows users to comment on posts from others.

    User suggestions have been a part of the ICF update process for several years. The updates for 2013 have been published and are available online.

    A draft of a manual on how to use the ICF (.pdf) is available for download at the WHO website.

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