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The Role-Checklist QP:V2 as a measure of participation according to the ICF

At a glance

  • Project leader : Ursula Meidert, Prof. Dr. Patricia Scott
  • Project team : Prof. Tore Bonsaksen, Prof. Dr. Kirsty Forsyth, Prof. Dr. Lena Haglund, Susan Prior, Prof. Dr. Takashi Yamada
  • Project status : completed
  • Funding partner : Internal , Foundation (Stiftung für Ergotherapie Zürich)
  • Contact person : Ursula Meidert



The Role Checklist V2:QP is an assessment for Occupational Therapists to assess participation, satisfaction with role performance, and role desirability for ten common roles of their clients. It is based on the original Role Checklist (Oakley et al., 1986). The Role Checklist V2:QP is theoretically based in the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) which has been found to be consistent with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). MOHO supports that roles enable individuals to participate in society. This concept is consistent with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of participation as “involvement in a life situation”. Howeve, outside of Occupational Therapy the measurement of participation according to the ICF is considered as problematic.


The objective of this study was to empirically test the hypothesis that the ten roles of the Role Checklist V2: QP are represented in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) participation categories and therefore can be used to measure an individual’s participation in society.  


A cross-sectional survey of 295 respondents from Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA provided 7250 examples for participation in a role. 163 Examples were excluded from further analysis as they were ambiguous in meaning. The remaining 7087 examples were linked to the ICF categories of the Activities and Participation section by two independent raters.

Results and Conclusion:

6919 examples could be linked to the 3rd and 4th level qualifiers of the ICF, resulting in a 97.6% match.  Thus the study showed that the roles in the Role Checklist V2:QP are well represented in the ICF categories of participation. The instrument is therefore useful in rehabilitation to measure and report on participation patterns and therapy outcomes, in a manner consistent with the ICF.