To adopt is to adapt : the process of implementing the ICF with an acute stroke multidisciplinary team in England

Tempest, Stephanie, Harries, Priscilla, Kilbride, Cherry and De Souza, Lorraine (2012) To adopt is to adapt : the process of implementing the ICF with an acute stroke multidisciplinary team in England. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(20), pp. 1686-1694. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

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PURPOSE: The success of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) depends on its uptake in clinical practice. This project aimed to explore ways the ICF could be used with an acute stroke multidisciplinary team and identify key learning from the implementation process. METHOD: Using an action research approach, iterative cycles of observe, plan, act and evaluate were used within three phases: exploratory; innovatory and reflective. Thematic analysis was undertaken, using a model of immersion and crystallisation, on data collected via interview and focus groups, e-mail communications, minutes from relevant meetings, field notes and a reflective diary. RESULTS: Two overall themes were determined from the data analysis which enabled implementation. There is a need to: (1) adopt the ICF in ways that meet local service needs; and (2) adapt the ICF language and format. CONCLUSIONS: The empirical findings demonstrate how to make the ICF classification a clinical reality. First, we need to adopt the ICF as a vehicle to implement local service priorities e.g. to structure a multidisciplinary team report, thus enabling ownership of the implementation process. Second, we need to adapt the ICF terminology and format to make it acceptable for use by clinicians.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 09:57
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