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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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Using the ICF in Ireland

Anne Good

Author Affiliations

ICF FDRG - Task Group Ethics and Human Rights

BMC Public Health 2011, 11(Suppl 4):S5  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S4-S5

Published: 31 May 2011

Abstract

This paper reflects on the use of ICF in Ireland, taking as a case study the experience of the first National Disability Survey (NDS). There were four clear effects in Ireland of using ICF as a framework for the NDS: a) that a broader range of people with disabilities was encompassed; b) that the environmental factors included from the ICF were comprehensive and policy relevant; c) that both barriers and facilitators were incorporated into the model; and d) that a focus on research ethics was encouraged. Some general conclusions regarding the benefits and limitations of ICF based on this experience are also drawn.