Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19165
Title: A conceptual definition of vocational rehabilitation based on the ICF : building a shared global model
Authors: Escorpizo, R
Reneman, MF
Ekholm, J
Fritz, J
Krupa, T
Marnetoft, SU
Maroun, CE
Guzman, JR
Suzuki, Y
Stucki, G
Chan, CCH 
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Journal of occupational rehabilitation, 2011, v. 21, no. 2, p. 126-133
Abstract: Background The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a conceptual framework and classification system by the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand functioning. The objective of this discussion paper is to offer a conceptual definition for vocational rehabilitation (VR) based on the ICF.MethodWe presented the ICF as amodel for application inVRand the rationale for the integration of the ICF.We also briefly reviewed other work disability models. Results Five essential elements of foci were found towards a conceptual definition of VR: an engagement or re-engagement to work, along a work continuum, involved health conditions or events leading to work disability, patient-centered and evidence-based, and is multi-professional or multidisciplinary. Conclusions VR refers to a multi-professional approach that is provided to individuals of working age with health-related impairments, limitations, or restrictions with work functioning and whose primary aim is to optimize work participation. We propose that the ICF and VR interface be explored further using empirical and qualitative works and encouraging stakeholders' participation.
Keywords: Concept formation
Employment
ICF
Theory
Vocational rehabilitation
Work
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Journal of occupational rehabilitation 
ISSN: 1053-0487
EISSN: 1573-3688
DOI: 10.1007/s10926-011-9292-6
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