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Measuring health and disability in europe: supporting policy development

Objective

Disability is a multi-dimensional phenomenon arising out of an interaction between the individual's health status and the physical and social environment. Disability data, and the instruments to measure it, must reflect this bio-psychosocial model of disa bility. Valid and reliable information are essential to design, implement or evaluate policies and legislation to combat discrimination and promote social integration, participation and enhance opportunities. The World Health Organization's International C lassification of Functioning, Disability and Health(ICF) provides the framework for documenting the interaction between health status and environmental features,and the differential distribution of disability among different groups in different contexts. This Co-ordination action will demonstrate the feasibility and utility of the ICF model in the measurement of types and prevalence of impairments, therefore using already existing measurement instruments.It will give evidence that data currently being c ollected, nationally and internationally, embody conceptual confusions, inconsistencies and ambiguities about disability and the relationship between health conditions,impairments and environmental factors. The project objectives are: 1) to use the ICF model as the structure for analyzing existing general population health surveys and education statistics data 2) to show that the ICF model is adequate for describing and measuring patterns of disability in clinical samples of selected conditions in diff erent countries cross-sectionally and over time as well as feasible and useful inclinical and educational sectors 3) to produce policy recommendations and guidelines concerning how the existing sources of data can be harmonised with the ICF model.The meth odology used will lead to an integration of existing statistical information systems, across nations,sectors and life span of present and future members of the EU.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE IRCCS LSTITUTO NEUROLOGICO "CARLO BESTA"
Address
Via Giovanni Celoria 11
Milano
Italy

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Participants (15)

CF CONSULTING FINANZIAMENTI UNIONE EUROPEA S.R.L.
Italy
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Via Giuseppe Mussi 1
Milano

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CHARLES UNIVERSITY
Czechia
Address
Katerinská 32
Praha 2

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EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF NEUROLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS
Belgium
Address
Rue Washington 40
Brussels

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INSTITUT MUNICIPAL D'ASSISTENCIA SANITARIA
Spain
Address
Passeig Maritim, 25
Barcelona

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INSTITUTE FOR REHABILITATION, REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Slovenia
Address
Linhartova 51
Ljubjana

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LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
Muenchen

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MALARDALEN UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Hoegsloleplan
Vasteras

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NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PERSONS WITH HANDICAP, GOVERNMENT OF ROMANIA
Romania
Address
Calea Victoriei 194, Sector 1
Bucarest

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NATIONAL DISABILITY AUTHORITY
Ireland
Address
25 Clyde Road, Balls Bridge
Dublin

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PAEDAGOGISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland
Address
Rämistrasse 59, Postfach
Zurich

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REGIONE FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA AGENZIA REGIONALE SANITA
Italy
Address
Via Pozzuolo N. 330
Udine

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REGIONE LOMBARDIA
Italy
Address
Via Pola 14
Milano

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UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
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Cantoblanco Carretera De Colmenar Km 5
Madrid

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UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Martinistr. 52
Hamburg

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
Switzerland
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Avenue Appia 27
Geneva

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