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

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, San Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Piancavallo, 28921 Verbania, Italy
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Neurology, Public Health and Disability Unit—Scientific Directorate, Neurological Institute C. Besta IRCCS Foundation, Milan, Italy
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Psychology Research Laboratory, San Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, 28921 Verbania, Italy
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Group: Alice Zanini, Calogero Vinci, Elena Tacchini, Valentina Vicari, Erica Cantelli.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(6), 6084-6091; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120606084
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)
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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