Contribution of ICF on the functionality of individuals with chronic low back pain


  • Bárbara Cordeiro Santos
  • Karoleen Oswald Scharan
  • Mariane Benicio Fontana
  • Auristela Duarte de Lima Moser



International Classification of Functioning; Disability and Health; Low Back Pain; Health Education; Physical Therapy; Health Profile.


Introduction: The use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in clinical settings has been
emphasized with the objective of establishing a standardized language among professionals, as well as to collect and interpret related
results to health and states related to it in different cultures from a biopsychosocial perspective. Objective: To define the functional
profile of from patients with chronic low back pain based on the International Classification of functioning, disabilities and health (ICF).
Method: During February-March of 2014 a functional questionnaire based on the ICF was applied for 42 adults. Results: The mean
age was 47.8 (± 16.9) years, with predominance of women (69%). Two categories and one subcategory represented higher percentage
of difficulty: Using transport (54.8%), Household tasks (62.5%) and Bending (69.1%). In Environmental Factors, 50% of the sample
reported having difficulty accessing public environments. The categories of self-care domain did not show high percentage of difficulty.
Conclusion: The use of the functional questionnaire was able to determine the functional profile of the subjects, contributing to subsidize
interventions in a program of Back School. Approaches may be more targeted based on codes where there were greater difficulties
and may be more specific to participants daily life.


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Santos, B. C., Scharan, K. O., Fontana, M. B., & Moser, A. D. de L. (2015). Contribution of ICF on the functionality of individuals with chronic low back pain. Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal, 1–7.



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