Development and Validation of the ICF-IAF, a patient-oriented Questionnaire for Urinary and/ or Faecal Incontinence
Until now, questionnaires to survey people with urinary and/or faecal incontinence have concentrated primarily on symptoms and problems, but not the holistic situation of the people affected. However, for therapeutic support and scientific analysis a patient -oriented assessment is needed that captures the positive and negative factors influencing incontinence.
According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the WHO, an assessment tool should be developed that investigates body functions, body structures, activity and participation, as well as environmental factors. The already more than 100 existing translations of the ICF allowed, after the development of the first version, a rapid world-wide deployment.
- Systematic analysis of previous questionnaires on urinary and/or faecal incontinence with the highest degree of recommendation (completed)
- A 3-round Delphi survey among 262 specialist physiotherapists from Germany, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland (completed)
- Focus group interviews with afflicted males and females (completed)
- Individual interviews with afflicted males and females from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (completed)
- Consensus conference on 17th November 2017 with representatives from the physiotherapy associations of the above mentioned counties to develop the first version of the ICF-IAF incontinence form (completed)
- International and multi-professional validation, as well as the development of a software and user manual (in planning)
The subprojects 1-5 are completed. At the consensus conference on 17th November, 2017 the first version of the incontinence form ICF-IAF was approved.
- Project Leader
Prof. Dr. rer. medic. Barbara Köhler
- Project Duration
2013 - 2022
- Project Partner
Berne University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Lorenz Radlinger
- Project Team ZHAW School of Health Sciences
- Berne University of Applied Sciences
- Project Team City Hospital Triemli, Zurich
- Project Status
- Kuhn Manuel, Gass Stefanie, Radlinger Lorenz, Koehler Barbara. Development of the international classification of functioning, disability and health incontinence assessment form. Subproject patients’ perspective using focus group interviews. World Confederation for Physical Therapy WCPT, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.
- Kuhn, Manuel; Gass, Stephanie; Radlinger, Lorenz; Köhler, Barbara. The ICF-Incontinence Assessment Form (ICF-IAF) to identify problems and resources in patients with urinary and / or faecal incontinence: Subproject the patients’ perspective. In: 46th annual meeting of the International Continence Society ICS, Tokyo, 2017.
- Koehler B, Koenig-Barbueda I, Isler M, Passweg D, Radlinger L. Development ot the ICF-Incontinence Assessment Form to identify problems and resources in male and female patients with urinary and / or faecal incontinence (ICF-IAF): Subproject Delphi technique survey among 262 physiotherapists in 5 German speaking countries. Neurourol Urodyn 2015;3:314-315.
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