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Table 3 Core features in disability evaluation and their coverage in the ICF

From: Evaluation of work disability and the international classification of functioning, disability and health: what to expect and what not

Core features for assessing work (in-)capacity ICF Framework ICF Definitions Remarks
1) Functional capacity of the claimant Activity and participation Activity and participation  
2 Health condition (Disease, symptoms, complaints) Health condition Body functions/structures () Body functions/ structure Disease is a component of the ICF framework but not included in the ICF definitions. It can be coded in the ICD*.
3) Socio-medical history (claimant's development and severity of ill health condition, his previous efforts to regain health and return to work, job and social career) Implicit in the framework but no explicit presentation The ICF definitions do not cover the development over time.
4) Prognosis of disease and functional capacity Partly: capacity The ICF framework and ICF definitions do not cover the time perspective.
5) Feasibility of interventions and rehabilitation Environmental factors Environmental factors (facilitators and barriers) The ICF framework and ICF definitions cover intervention and rehabilitation however; they do not cover dynamic time perspective or the qualification ‘requirement to comply’.
6) Causality: functional incapacity exclusively caused by health condition The ICF framework displays a person holistically
7) Consistency of the situation of the claimant Partly: between the impairments, activity limitations and restrictions in work  
8) Ability to work (in general hours and %)  
  1. Legend:  = not part of the ICF framework or the ICF definitions, *ICD: International Classification of Disability.