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Linking function to a disease classification for children with disability

Kodavatiganti, Hemasree (2015) Linking function to a disease classification for children with disability. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The ICF-CY is the first universal classification system of child health and disability. This classification allows tracking child health and development through a common language and shared conceptualization across professional disciplines and countries. In addition, it is also the first unifying framework that attempts to describe the effects of context and environment on child functioning instead of just a medical case. The ICF-CY is an inclusive classification for health and health-related states including disability. It can be used to record the characteristics of developing children for the multiple purposes of public health, such as use in program planning, surveillance, research, and documentation of intervention outcomes in any setting and country. The public health significance is that the ICF-CY provides a framework that can be adapted internationally by caring and dedicated professionals, community workers, government and health agencies, and children with disabilities and their families to advance thinking about how to best help those with disabilities live their life to the fullest and become integral members of their societies. Furthermore, providing a coding framework for worldwide health data can add to a universal database of information about disability that allow for research across nations, medical services, administrations, and time. Therefore, if people lived in environments that were more supportive of them, the Disability-Adjusted Life Years would go down, and productivity would go up. Children with disabilities are human beings. They deserve a good education and health care just like everyone else. With a classification system that sees them only as medical problems and not as people who live in this world, they will never be equals. Future research and implementation efforts with the ICF-CY promise to (1) revolutionize the way stakeholders in health care delivery systems think about and classify disability, (2) improve the quality of health care for individual with disability across the world, (3) generate innovative disability outcome-based research, and (4) influence culturally sensitive global health policy on disability.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kodavatiganti, Hemasreehsk6@pitt.eduHSK6
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberElias, Thistleelias@pitt.eduELIASUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberCopeland, Valiresswvcc@pitt.eduSSWVCCUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 21:37
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:56


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