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The Application of ICF-based Functioning Data on Home Environment Adaptation for Persons with Disabilities

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Sirinart Tongsiri ,

People with Disabilities Quality of Life Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University, Tambon Talad, Muang, Mahasarakham 44000, TH
About Sirinart

Dr. Tongisiri is a medical rehabilitation doctor by training. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham; and also a researcher in the People with Disabilities Quality of Life Research Unit. Her areas of interests include disability studies and community-based rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in application of ICF in developing functional data of disabled persons that would support rehabilitation services.

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Katanyu Hawsutisima

Faculty of Architecture, Urban Designs and Creative Art, Mahasarakham University, TH
About Katanyu

Katanyu Hawsutisima is a lecturer at the Department of Urban Design at Mahasarakham University. His areas of specialization are housing and urban development, universal design and physical environmental design for the elderly and disabled. He has been involved in research on environmental adaptations for elderly and disabled people.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study illustrates how the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) domains and qualifiers could be used to create functioning profiles of persons with disabilities in order to plan environmental changes. The outcome of the interventions can be measured by before-and-after comparisons of these profiles.

Method: 33 persons with disabilities (11 each from three provinces), with an average age of 43 years, were interviewed between November 2011 and May 2012. 67% of them were male. The functioning profiles of all the subjects were used as guidelines for home environment adaptations.

Results: The data helped to understand the limitations of persons with disabilities and identified the areas that needed enhancement to improve their functioning. Modification lay-outs were provided for all 33 persons with disabilities. 

Conclusion and Implications: It was demonstrated that the ICF framework could help create functioning profiles to guide modifications in the home environment. Future studies should examine whether ICF can measure actual changes that occur after the modifications.

How to Cite: Tongsiri, S. and Hawsutisima, K., 2013. The Application of ICF-based Functioning Data on Home Environment Adaptation for Persons with Disabilities. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 24(2), pp.40–53. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v24i2.190
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Published on 28 Jul 2013.

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