International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) is part of the 'family' of international classifications developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The ICF classification system focuses on human functioning and provides a unified, standard language and framework that captures how people with a health condition function in their daily life rather than focusing on their diagnosis or the presence or absence of disease.

In June 2008, APTA joined the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and other international organizations in endorsing the ICF. With this endorsement, ICF language will be incorporated into all relevant association publications, documents, and communications through existing planned review and revision cycles.

General Information


From the World Health Organization (WHO)

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