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Harmonizing WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): importance and methods to link disease and functioning

  • Reuben Escorpizo1, 2, 3, 7Email author,
  • Nenad Kostanjsek4,
  • Cille Kennedy5,
  • Molly Meri Robinson Nicol4, 7,
  • Gerold Stucki2, 3, 6 and
  • Tevfik Bedirhan Üstün4
BMC Public Health201313:742

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-742

Received: 11 March 2013

Accepted: 5 August 2013

Published: 12 August 2013

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5 Aug 2013 Editorially accepted
12 Aug 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2458-13-742

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Physical Therapy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
ICF Research Branch in cooperation with the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications in Germany (DIMDI)
Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF)
World Health Organization, Classifications, Terminologies and Standards
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Policy
Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy, University of Lucerne
the Functioning Topic Advisory Group (fTAG) of the ICD-11 Revision