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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For questions, please feel free to contact the project leader Prof. Juana Gómez-Benito, .

  1. Barrios M, Guilera G, Selb M, Gómez-Benito J. Identification of problems in the functioning of individuals with schizophrenia from the expert perspective: an Internet-based survey. Disabil Rehabil. 2017;39(20):2055-62. Abstract.
  2. Gorostiaga A, Balluerka N, Guilera G, Aliri J, Barrios M. Functioning in patients with schizophrenia: a systematic review of the literature using the ICF as a reference.Qual Life Res. 2017 Mar;26(3):531-543. Abstract
  3. Gómez-Benito J, et al. Beyond diagnosis: the Core Sets for persons with schizophrenia based on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Disabil Rehabil. 2017. Abstract