According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the concept “function” is an umbrella term for Body Functions, Body Structures, Activities and Participation. The WHO encouraged all member countries to use the ICF in clinical care and research fourteen years ago, but did not describe how to do this.
There are several patient reported outcome measures (PROM) available assessing aspects of outcomes in use within the field of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD). They are commonly used for monitoring function or evaluating effects of interventions.
Several of these most common PROMS have been linked to the ICF and disease specific Core Sets; these will be reviewed focusing on which aspects of function the PROMs usually cover. Aspects considered important in the clinic that may not be directly linkable to the ICF, and aspects that needs more attention in the future development of PROMs will also be addressed.
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