The development of ICF Core Sets for ASD is supported by the Swedish Research Council (grant nr. 523-2009-7054), and the Swedish Research Council in partnership with FAS, FORMAS and VINNOVA (cross-disciplinary research program concerning children's and youth's mental health, grant nr. 259-2012-24).
Classification of Functioning and Impairment: The Development of ICF Core Sets for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Article first published online: 3 OCT 2013
© 2013 International Society for Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 167–172, February 2014
How to Cite
Bölte, S., de Schipper, E., Robison, J. E., Wong, V. C.N., Selb, M., Singhal, N., de Vries, P. J. and Zwaigenbaum, L. (2014), Classification of Functioning and Impairment: The Development of ICF Core Sets for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Res, 7: 167–172. doi: 10.1002/aur.1335
Conflict of interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest related to this work.
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 3 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 17 APR 2013
- Swedish Research Council. Grant Number: 523-2009-7054
- VINNOVA. Grant Number: 259-2012-24
- neurodevelopmental disorders;
- autistic disorder;
- children and youth;
- mental health;
- health care;
- ICF Core Set
Given the variability seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), accurate quantification of functioning is vital to studying outcome and quality of life in affected individuals. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a comprehensive, universally accepted framework for the description of health-related functioning. ICF Core Sets are shortlists of ICF categories that are selected to capture those aspects of functioning that are most relevant when describing a person with a specific condition. In this paper, the authors preview the process for developing ICF Core Sets for ASD, a collaboration with the World Health Organization and the ICF Research Branch. The ICF Children and Youth version (ICF-CY) was derived from the ICF and designed to capture the specific situation of the developing child. As ASD affects individuals throughout the life span, and the ICF-CY includes all ICF categories, the ICF-CY will be used in this project (“ICF(-CY)” from now on). The ICF(-CY) categories to be included in the ICF Core Sets for ASD will be determined at an ICF Core Set Consensus Conference, where evidence from four preparatory studies (a systematic review, an expert survey, a patient and caregiver qualitative study, and a clinical cross-sectional study) will be integrated. Comprehensive and Brief ICF Core Sets for ASD will be developed with the goal of providing useful standards for research and clinical practice and generating a common language for functioning and impairment in ASD in different areas of life and across the life span. Autism Res 2014, 7: 167-172. © 2013 International Society for Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.