Strengthening the ICF community in Germany – German ICF Users Conference

After last year's successful combined meeting of the German ICF and ICF-CY Users Conference in Hamburg, Germany, the ICF/ICF-CY community decided to continue this format in this year's German ICF Users Conference that took place from 7- 8 March 2019 in Stendal, Germany. The host of this year's conference, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal), under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Matthias Morfeld, put together an interesting and informative conference program that offered the participants a wide range of topics, such as ICF-based needs assessment, goal-setting in rehabilitation, ICF and inclusion, ICF as seen from the legal context, and many more.

The participants were also able to participate in introductory workshops on the ICF and ICF-CY. The ICF workshop was conducted by the ICF Research Branch trainers Michaela Kirschneck, Dr. Sandra Kus and Melissa Selb. 

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On behalf of her co-authors Angelika Eisele, Dr. Caroline Dereskewitz, and Dr. Michaela Coenen, Sandra Kus presented their poster entitled „ICF-11 Supplementary section for functioning assessment – a feasibility study on coding routine clinical hand surgery data". 

Melissa Selb (ICF Research Branch Coordinator) also gave a talk (also on behalf of Michaela Coenen, ICF Research Branch Steering Committee member) entitled "ICF implementation from an international perspective". In this talk, Melissa Selb introduced:

  • the structure and tasks of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)
  • the role of DIMDI (host of the German WHO-FIC collaborating centre) in ICF implementation efforts
  • the ICF updates process and current situation
  • status of ICF-CY
  • joint use of WHO classifications
  • and WHODAS 2.0. 

 The German-language slides are now available on the conference download webpage:


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