ICF Core Sets for Schizophrenia

As reported in the last Branch Newsletter, the University of Barcelona, with the support of the ICF Research Branch, spearheaded the project to develop the ICF Core Sets for schizophrenia. The Comprehensive ICF Core Set containing 97 categories and the Brief ICF Core Set with 25 categories complements the existing mental health-related ICF Core Sets (for depression and bipolar disorders). Based on the results of 4 preparatory studies (scientific literature review, international web-based expert survey , multicentre empirical study, focus groups of various stakeholders), 20 experts from all 6 WHO world regions and from diverse disciplines (psychiatry, (neuro)psychology, social work, occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, nursing) finalised the first version of the ICF Core Sets for schizophrenia. Two of the preparatory studies and the consensus conference were described in published papers [1-3].

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