Information about functioning and disability is essential for clinical practice, research, education, as well as for health and social policy and advocacy. Increasingly, countries are enhancing their data about functioning and disability using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The ICF is an international standard for health and disability information - key for collecting valid, reliable and comparable health and disability data.

To be a standard for harmonization and comparability, however, ICF has to be applied consistently around the world by all users, and that means the aims and rationale of the ICF, and the specific skills needed to use it, must be taught in an accessible and standardized manner. In order to reach this objective, a web-based education tool to teach the ICF model and the classification terms has been developed.

The content of this tool follows the specifications of the ICF core curriculum modules compiled by members of the WHO Functioning and Disability Reference Group and the WHO Education and Implementation Committee. These curriculum modules provide the framework for developing generic programs for ICF education and training, suitable for a range of potential users and countries.

The web-based education tool called the ICF eLearning Tool addresses this educational challenge by means of three modules (Introduction, Advanced and Specialized), which are applicable to five target areas of ICF application: clinical practice, health and disability statistics, disability and social services, research and education.

At this stage, the introductory module is online, while the other modules are under development. The ideal audience for this introductory module is anyone interested in learning about the ICF, including the general public, people with disabilities, care providers and advocates, health professionals, people from the education and other sectors involved with services for people with disability. The introductor module is currently being revised and will be finalized in due time.

Link to the e-Learing Tool, click here.