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Title: Using the ICF to clarify team roles and demonstrate clinical reasoning in stroke rehabilitation
Authors: Tempest, S
McIntyre, A
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Disability and Rehabilitation. 28 (10) 663 -667
Abstract: Purpose: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is advocated as a tool to structure rehabilitation and a universal language to aid communication, within the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The ICF may also facilitate clarification of team roles and clinical reasoning for intervention. This article aims to explore both factors in stroke rehabilitation. Method: Following a review of the literature, a summary was presented and discussed with clinicians working within stroke rehabilitation, to gather expert opinions. The discussions were informal, being part of service development and on-going education. The clinicians summarised key themes for the potential use of the ICF within clinical practice. Results: Two key themes emerged from the literature and expert opinion for the potential use of the ICF in stroke rehabilitation: i) to aid communication and structure service provision ii) to clarify team roles and aid clinical reasoning. Expert opinion was that clarification of team roles needs to occur at a local level due to the skill mix, particular interests, setting and staffing levels within individual teams. The ICF has the potential to demonstrate/ facilitate clinical reasoning, especially when different MDT members are working on the same intervention. Conclusion: There is potential for the ICF to be used to clarify team roles and demonstrate clinical reasoning within stroke rehabilitation. Further experiential research is required to substantiate this view
ISSN: 0963-8288
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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