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Development and validation of the ICF-CY-Based Functioning Scale of the Disability Evaluation System – Child version in Taiwan
Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan.
Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.
Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, ISSN 0929-6646, E-ISSN 1876-0821, Vol. 114, no 12, 1170-1180 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background/Purpose: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health-Children and Youth version (ICF-CY) depicts human functioning [body functions (b), structures (s), and activities and participation (d) components] as the product of the interaction between health conditions and contextual factors [environmental factors (e) and personal factors]. In Taiwan, testers use the Functioning Scale of the Disability Evaluation System-Child version (FUNDES-Child) to collect information related to b, d, and e for children aged 6.0-17.9 years in the Disability Eligibility System (DES). The purpose of this study was to examine the content and construct validity of the FUNDES-Child.

Methods: We developed the FUNDES-Child through translating the existing questionnaires, cross-cultural adaptation, expert consensus, and field tests. Consensus meetings were conducted to link items from the FUNDES-Child to ICF-CY codes. To investigate construct validity, we examined associations among scores from the FUNDES-Child that reflected ICF-CY chapter-linked components.

Results: The FUNDES-Child items were successfully linked to all nine d-, five b-, and four e-chapters of the ICF-CY. Moderate correlations were found between scores that were expected to be related to specific chapters in the b, d, and e components. The scores of the b-chapters had stronger relationships with the d independence scores, while attitudes of others (e4) had stronger relationships with the d participation frequency scores.

Conclusion: The FUNDES-Child had acceptable content validity and construct validity in the DES. The associations found among the ICF-CY chapter scores provided a model for investigating the impact of body functions and environmental factors on children's activities and participation.

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2015. Vol. 114, no 12, 1170-1180 p.
Keyword [en]
Disability evaluation; Disabled children; Eligibility determination; International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health; Social participation
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28970DOI: 10.1016/j.jfma.2015.11.002ISI: 000368342600004PubMedID: 26705138Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84950297100Local ID: HHJCHILDIS, HLKCHILDISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28970DiVA: diva2:892734
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2016-09-13Bibliographically approved

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