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Open Access Research article

Feasibility of the Dutch ICF Activity Inventory: a pilot study

Janna E Bruijning12*, Ruth MA van Nispen12 and Ger HMB van Rens123

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Ophthalmology, VU University Medical Center, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research (EMGO+), VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3 Department of Ophthalmology, Elkerliek Hospital, Wesselmanlaan 25, 5707 HA Helmond, The Netherlands

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BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:318  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-318

Published: 26 November 2010

Abstract

Background

Demographic ageing will lead to increasing pressure on visual rehabilitation services, which need to be efficiently organised in the near future. The Dutch ICF Activity Inventory (D-AI) was developed to assess the rehabilitation needs of visually impaired persons. This pilot study tests the feasibility of the D-AI using a computer-assisted telephone interview.

Methods

In addition to the regular intake, the first version of the D-AI was assessed in 20 patients. Subsequently, patients and intake assessors were asked to fill in an evaluation form. Based on these evaluations, a new version of the D-AI was developed.

Results

Mean administration time of the D-AI was 88.8 (± 41.0) minutes. Overall, patients and assessors were positive about the D-AI assessment. However, professionals and 60% of the patients found the administration time to be too long. All included items were considered relevant and only minor adjustments were recommended.

Conclusion

The systematic character of the revised D-AI will prevent topics from being overlooked and indicate which needs have the highest priority from a patient-centred perspective. Moreover, ongoing assessment of the D-AI will enhance evaluation of the rehabilitation process. To decrease administration time, in the revised D-AI only the top priority goals will be fully assessed. Using the D-AI, a rehabilitation plan based on individual needs can be developed for each patient. Moreover, it enables better evaluation of the effects of rehabilitation. A larger validation study is planned.