Applying the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to guide home health care services planning and delivery in Thailand.

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Applying the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to guide home health care services planning and delivery in Thailand.

Home Health Care Serv Q. 2017 May 08;:

Authors: Pimdee A, Nualnetr N

Abstract
Home health care is an essential service for home-bound patients in Thailand. In this action research study, we used the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to modify home health care services provided by a university hospital. Staff responsible for delivering the services (physical therapist, nurses, and Thai traditional medicine practitioners) participated in the development of an ICF-based assessment tool and home health care service procedure. After an 8-month trial of implementing these changes, professional satisfaction and empowerment were high among the home health care team members. Patients and their caregivers were also satisfied with the services. In conclusion, the ICF is an effective means of guiding home health care.

PMID: 28481683 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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