Clinical Case Study and the WHO Disablement Model Essay

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Conceptual models, specifically disablement models have been used for many years within the medical field to help guide clinical reasoning and the delivery of evidence based practice throughout the continuum of care. Valley Health Rehabilitation Services provides clinicians with opportunities for profession growth and development, as well as opportunities to learn from peers. Specifically, case studies are used within the systems as a useful problem-solving tool that enables clinical reasoning and subsequently guide treatment.

The current VH Case Study format being used integrates the “WHO Disablement Model” also known as the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities, and Handicaps (ICIDH) model, published in 1980. With that said, does the existing “WHO Disablement Model” used as part of the VH Case Study format represent the most efficacious and current evidence based practice?

SUMMARY of Search, “Best Evidence,” and Key Findings:

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework provides a neutral description of body structures, function, activities and participation and recognizes the importance of environmental factors on impairment, activity and participation in comparison to its predecessor ICIDH model, which used more negative language of disability, impairment and handicap.

The ICF framework seeks to integrate two conceptual models; the medical model and the…