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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(6), 6084-6091;

An ICF-Based Model for Implementing and Standardizing Multidisciplinary Obesity Rehabilitation Programs within the Healthcare System

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, San Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Piancavallo, 28921 Verbania, Italy
Neurology, Public Health and Disability Unit—Scientific Directorate, Neurological Institute C. Besta IRCCS Foundation, Milan, Italy
Psychology Research Laboratory, San Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, 28921 Verbania, Italy
Group: Alice Zanini, Calogero Vinci, Elena Tacchini, Valentina Vicari, Erica Cantelli.
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Received: 26 January 2015 / Revised: 29 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 29 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disability and Public Health)
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Introduction/Objective: In this study, we aimed to design an ICF-based individual rehabilitation project for obese patients with comorbidities (IRPOb) integrated into the Rehab-CYCLE to standardize rehabilitative programs. This might facilitate the different health professionals involved in the continuum of care of obese patients to standardize rehabilitation interventions. Methods: After training on the ICF and based on the relevant studies, ICF categories were identified in a formal consensus process by our multidisciplinary team. Thereafter, we defined an individual rehabilitation project based on a structured multi-disciplinary approach to obesity. Results: the proposed IRPOb model identified the specific intervention areas (nutritional, physiotherapy, psychology, nursing), the short-term goals, the intervention modalities, the professionals involved and the assessment of the outcomes. Information was shared with the patient who signed informed consent. Conclusions: The model proposed provides the following advantages: (1) standardizes rehabilitative procedures; (2) facilitates the flow of congruent and updated information from the hospital to outpatient facilities, relatives, and care givers; (3) addresses organizational issues; (4) might serve as a benchmark for professionals who have limited specific expertise in rehabilitation of comorbid obese patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; Rehab-CYCLE; ICF; rehabilitation obesity; Rehab-CYCLE; ICF; rehabilitation

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Brunani, A.; Raggi, A.; Sirtori, A.; Berselli, M.E.; Villa, V.; Ceriani, F.; Corti, S.; Leonardi, M.; Capodaglio, P.; Group, I.-O. An ICF-Based Model for Implementing and Standardizing Multidisciplinary Obesity Rehabilitation Programs within the Healthcare System. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 6084-6091.

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