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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010145

Use of a New International Classification of Health Interventions for Capturing Information on Health Interventions Relevant to People with Disabilities

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National Centre for Classification in Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia
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National Board of Health and Welfare, SE-10630 Stockholm, Sweden
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Nordic WHO Family of International Classifications Collaborating Centre, Directorate for E-Health, NO-0130 Oslo, Norway
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Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 13 January 2018 / Published: 17 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion Interventions for People with Disabilities)
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Development of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) is currently underway. Once finalised, ICHI will provide a standard basis for collecting, aggregating, analysing, and comparing data on health interventions across all sectors of the health system. In this paper, we introduce the classification, describing its underlying tri-axial structure, organisation and content. We then discuss the potential value of ICHI for capturing information on met and unmet need for health interventions relevant to people with a disability, with a particular focus on interventions to support functioning and health promotion interventions. Early experiences of use of the Swedish National Classification of Social Care Interventions and Activities, which is based closely on ICHI, illustrate the value of a standard classification to support practice and collect statistical data. Testing of the ICHI beta version in a wide range of countries and contexts is now needed so that improvements can be made before it is finalised. Input from those with an interest in the health of people with disabilities and health promotion more broadly is welcomed. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; rehabilitation; people with disabilities; health intervention; classification; International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) health promotion; rehabilitation; people with disabilities; health intervention; classification; International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI)
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Fortune, N.; Madden, R.; Almborg, A.-H. Use of a New International Classification of Health Interventions for Capturing Information on Health Interventions Relevant to People with Disabilities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 145.

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