The ICF is the International Classification of FunctioningDisabilityandHealth (lol, they only put the F).
It is endorsed by all 191 World Health Organization member states.
And if you Google “ICF Model”, this article from the APTA is the 2nd listing….heyyyyy
Basically, previously disease and dysfunction was looked at in a way that was all Debbie Downer.
Now we try to acknowledge the problem, but also take into account all aspects of the person AND the things they have going for them as well!
Which is a much better way of viewing things, I think. And one of the things I love the most about PT is we view the patient holistically and focus on ways to continually improve their life as best we can!
I love that we as PTs and future PTs can help the patient with not just the current issue they are seeing us for, but we also help with their comorbidities, their enthusiasm, their home life, balance, overall strength and conditioning, cardiovascular health…..