Purpose: This study systemically reviewed the published literature on the ICF core set. Method: A computer search of the MEDLINE, PubMed and SCOPUS databases was conducted between 2001 and December 2012. Articles reporting on the development of a set or sets of ICF categories for specific disease or health conditions were selected for a systematic review. Results: The analysis included 116 articles from 36 journals, with the majority of papers having been published in 2011 and 2012. In these studies, spinal cord injury was the most frequently reported disease. The majority of the experts involved in the consensus process were physicians and physical therapists. Conclusion: This systematic review of studies on ICF core sets provided background information on the current developmental status of ICF core sets. Our findings also highlight possible directions for future research.Implications for RehabilitationThe aim to develop ICF core sets is to provide a practical way to address a specific patient population in daily practice.This review showed the development of ICF core set in last decade and provide directions for future research.Development of ICF core set is still limited in area outside Europe and incomplete in number of major diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Consensus development conference
  • Core set
  • ICF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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