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Design and quality of ICF-compatible data items for national disability support services

Anderson, Philip, Madden, Ros,

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This paper aims to examine the structure, distribution and interrelationships of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)-compatible items in Australia's national data collection about disability support services. Rasch analyses were carried out on 93,000 records relating to people aged 15 to 64 years, receiving disability support services in Australia in 2003. The results of the analysis demonstrate the value of the ‘support needs’ questions. The three categories of need for support (‘needs no help/supervision in this life area,’‘sometimes needs help/supervision’ or ‘always needs help/supervision or unable to do activity) were distinct and widely separated. The results also showed that ‘support needs’ in one subset of ICF Activities and Participation domains could not be used to predict values in another subset. Hence, the two-dimensional question about ‘support needs’ offers promise as a general data capture tool for indicating ‘extent’ of disability.

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Journal/Publication : Disability and Rehabilitation

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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