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



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.


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.


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.


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.