A conceptual definition of vocational rehabilitation based on the ICF: Building a shared global model

Reuben ESCORPIZO, Michiel F. RENEMAN, Jan EKHOLM, Julie FRITZ, Terry KRUPA, Sven-Uno MARNETOFT, Claude E. MAROUN, Julietta Rodriguez GUZMAN, Yoshiko SUZUKI, Gerold STUCKI, Che Hin Chetwyn CHAN

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Abstract

Background The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a conceptual framework and classification system by the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand functioning. The objective of this discussion paper is to offer a conceptual definition for vocational rehabilitation (VR) based on the ICF. Method We presented the ICF as a model for application in VR and the rationale for the integration of the ICF. We also briefly reviewed other work disability models. Results Five essential elements of foci were found towards a conceptual definition of VR: an engagement or re-engagement to work, along a work continuum, involved health conditions or events leading to work disability, patient-centered and evidence-based, and is multi-professional or multidisciplinary. Conclusions VR refers to a multi-professional approach that is provided to individuals of working age with health-related impairments, limitations, or restrictions with work functioning and whose primary aim is to optimize work participation. We propose that the ICF and VR interface be explored further using empirical and qualitative works and encouraging stakeholders' participation. Copyright © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-133
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Volume21
Early online dateFeb 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Citation

Escorpizo, R., Reneman, M. F., Ekholm, J., Fritz, J., Krupa, T., Marnetoft, S.-U., . . . Chan, C. C. H. (2011). A conceptual definition of vocational rehabilitation based on the ICF: Building a shared global model. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 21, 126-133. doi: 10.1007/s10926-011-9292-6

Keywords

  • ICF
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Employment
  • Work
  • Concept formation
  • Theory

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