ICF and QOL: A Partnership The use of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF; 2001) and Quality of Life (QOL) measures are two areas garnering increased attention among the health professions, including speech-language pathology. In the 2001 ASHA Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, it states “The overall ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
ICF and QOL: A Partnership
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  • Travis T. Threats
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
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Article   |   December 01, 2005
ICF and QOL: A Partnership
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2005, Vol. 15, 4-6. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.4.4
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2005, Vol. 15, 4-6. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.4.4
The use of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF; 2001) and Quality of Life (QOL) measures are two areas garnering increased attention among the health professions, including speech-language pathology. In the 2001 ASHA Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, it states “The overall objective of speech-language pathology services is to optimize individuals’ ability to communicate and/or swallow in natural environments, and thus improve their quality of life….That is, speech-language pathologists work to improve quality of life by reducing impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers of the individuals they serve” (pp. I-26, I-28). Thus, QOL and ICF are stated as important pillars of practice. Quality-of-life issues are considered to be the driving force for all we do, with the ICF as a framework to help meet this end. This article will broadly discuss WHO’s ICF and QOL measures by looking at overlaps, differences, and their synergistic use.
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