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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of What is disability? UN convention on the rights of persons with disability, eligibility criteria and the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health

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UN convention on the rights of persons with disability, eligibility criteria and the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health

Carlo Francescutti

Author Affiliations

Italian WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications, Direzione Centrale Salute, Integrazione Socio Sanitaria e Politiche Sociali, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giuli, Udine, Italy

BMC Public Health 2011, 11(Suppl 4):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S4-S1

Published: 31 May 2011

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The Italian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies have supported a three-year research project titled “Development of disability evaluation protocols based on the biopsychosocial model of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – ICF”. The Project has been led by the Italian WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications - Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Health Directorate, in collaboration with the Italian National Institute of Statistics “ISTAT”, the Rehabilitation Research Institute “Medea”, the National Neurological Institute “Carlo Besta”, and the National Agency for Labour Policies “Italia Lavoro SpA”. The research focus was on defining criteria, methodological principles, instruments and data analysis perspectives oriented to the following main objectives: