In search of an integrative measure of functioning

Rosamond H. Madden, Nick Glozier, Nicola Fortune, Maree Dyson, John Gilroy, Anita Bundy, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Sue Lukersmith, Elias Mpofu, Richard Madden

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International trends towards people-centred, integrative care and support require any measurement of functioning and disability to meet multiple aims. The information requirements of two major Australian programs for disability and rehabilitation are outlined, and the findings of two searches for suitable measures of functioning and disability are analysed. Over 30 current measures of functioning were evaluated in each search. Neither search found a generic measure of functioning suitable for these multibillion dollar programs, relevant to a wide range of people with a variety of health conditions and functioning experiences, and capable of indicating support needs, associated costs, progress and outcomes. This unsuccessful outcome has implications internationally for policy-relevant information for disability, rehabilitation and related programs. The paper outlines the features of an Integrative Measure of Functioning (IMF) based on the concepts of functioning and environmental factors in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). An IMF would be applicable across a variety of health conditions, settings and purposes, ranging from individual assessment to public health. An IMF could deliver person-centred, policy-relevant information for a range of programs, promoting harmonised language and measurement and supporting international trends in human services and public health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5815-5832
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


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