De Camargo, ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families – Chapter 1

ICF – Chapter 1: The ICF and the Biopsychosocial Model of Health (free ebook)

A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families

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Series: Practical Guides from Mac Keith Press

Edition: 1st

Publication date: January 2019

Page count: 10

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Chapter 1 – The ICF and the Biopsychosocial Model of Health: From “Disease” to “Health Condition” by Olaf Kraus de Camargo from ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families 

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ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families is an accessible practical guide that introduces the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to professionals working with children with disabilities and their families.

It contains a short overview of the elements that comprise the ICF, but is largely comprised of case examples. The case examples serve to exemplify how the ICF can be used to formulate goals for children and families involved. The first examples are meant to be worked on individually while the second part of the book is to be used by a team of co-workers in order to discuss and become familiar with the ICF.

To facilitate the use of individual ICF codes, a copy of the German Code Set of ICF codes for young children is provided.

  • The first practical manual of the ICF
  • Rich in case examples
  • Great workbook for team development using the ICF as a common language


Clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals, and the families of children with disabilities.

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Original Title: Die ICF-CY in der Praxis

by Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Liane Simon

Copyright 2013 by Hogrefe AG;

2nd Edition Copyright 2017

A Practical Guide from Mac Keith Press

Olaf Kraus de Camargo (Editor)

Olaf Kraus de Camargo

Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and paediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics and child neurology. Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders.Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), initially in neuro-rehabilitation and later in implementing it into Early Intervention Centres in Germany. Together with Judith Hollenweger, he edited the German translation of the ICF-CY (Children and Youth Version) for WHO. With Liane Simon he co-authored the first handbook about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany. He contributes with his expertise as a collaborator to the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of the Family of Classification of WHO. At McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo is introducing ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. His goal is to develop an electronic version of the ICF (the mICF ICanFunction mHealth Solution) to empower patients to better describe their needs to clinicians. He also is a co-founder and editor of an educational website called ICFEducation.

Liane Simon (Editor)

Prof. Dr. Liane Simon

Liane Simon is a special educator and systemic therapist working for more than 20 years as a clinical director of an Early Childhood Intervention Centre in northern Germany. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Hamburg and works as a professor for Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Intervention at MSH Medical School Hamburg. She is the Head of the Department “Family, Child and Social Work”, co-chair of the Association for Interdisciplinary Early Intervention in Northern Germany and member of the board of the German Association for Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Intervention. Dr. Simon is using the ICF-CY in interprofessional settings since 2004 and is involved in implementing the ICF-CY in Germany for diagnostic procedures, goal setting and interprofessional communication in Early Childhood Intervention and Developmental Pediatrics and Childhood Rehabilitation in Germany. She is part of the FDRG (Functioning and Disability Reference Group) of WHO-Family of International Classifications as a counsellor of the German Collaborating Centre and is also a collaborator on the International ICanFunction mHealth Solution.

Gabriel M. Ronen (Editor)

Dr. Gabriel M. Ronen

Gabriel Ronen is Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster University Children’s Hospital, Ontario, Canada. He is a paediatric neurologist, clinician, researcher and educator. The emphasis of his work has been on how patients’ reports of their lives can and should influence healthcare.

Peter L. Rosenbaum (Editor)

Peter Rosenbaum August 2016 portrait

Peter Rosenbaum is Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University and the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Ontario Canada. He is a developmental paediatrician with over 40 years’ experience of clinical, health services research and educational activities in the field of childhood disability. His passion has been to move the paradigms in childhood disability beyond a preoccupation with impairments to focus on child and family development and function.

  • Introduction
  • Peter Rosenbaum
  • Chapter 1: The ICF and the Biopsychosocial Model of Health: From “Disease” to “Health
  • Condition”
  • Olaf Kraus de Camargo
  • Chapter 2: The Concept of ‘Functioning’
  • Hillegonda A. Stallinga
  • Chapter 3: Personal Factors in Clinical Practice and Public Health
  • Olaf Kraus de Camargo
  • Chapter 4: Marriage between the ICF and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs): How
  • Good is the Relationship?
  • Gabriel M. Ronen
  • Chapter 5: The ICF in Clinical Practice: Case Scenarios and Exercises
  • Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo
  • Chapter 6: The Development of Effective Health and Social Care Teams: ICF as the Glue!
  • Stefanus Snyman, Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo
  • Chapter 7: The ICF: Themes and Tools for Health Professionals’ Education
  • Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Stefanus Snyman
  • Chapter 8: ICF Informing Administration, Policy and Advocacy
  • Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Jaclyn Pederson
  • Chapter 9: The ICF from the Parent Perspective
  • Jennifer Johannesen
  • Chapter 10: Opportunities for Future Developments of the ICF: Challenges and Suggested
  • Considerations
  • Olaf Kraus de Camargo
  • Appendices
  • 1. Case Examples and Exercises
  • 2. Team Development: Phases, Dysfunctional Groups
  • 3. F-Words Goal Sheet
  • 4. ICF Discharge/Referral Form
  • 5. ICF Framework (blank)
  • 6. ICF Code Sets (Children and Youth) to be available to download online
  • 7. Useful Links and Additional Resources

'This succinct book of less than 200 pages offers both commentary and instruction on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF),1 focussing on its use with children and young people and their families. In a clear and easy to read style, the authors encourage individuals using the ICF to engage in shared decision making (without getting into the issues of measurement and coding).This book sets the ICF in context and encourages its wise and ethical use for the benefit of people with disabilities.' Catherine Sykes, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2020