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Body structures code (ICF 2001) N[NNNN]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termBody structures
METeOR identifier:Help on this term288368
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Superseded 16/10/2006
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing the Body Structures component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).

Context:Help on this termHuman functioning and disability.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 2001
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term5
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Structure of the nervous system
2Structure of the eye, ear and related structures
3Structures involved in voice and speech
4Structures of the cardiovascular, immunological and respiratory systems
5Structures related to the digestive, metabolism and endocrine systems
6Structures related to genitourinary and reproductive systems
7Structures related to movement
8Structure of the skin and related structures
Supplementary values:Help on this term
Theabove are ICF chapter headings. For 3, 4 and 5-digit codes under these chapter headings, please refer to the Body Structures component of the ICF.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Body structures are anatomical parts of the body such as organs, limbs and their components.

The 'Body structures' classification is a neutral list of structures that can be used to record relative positive or neutral body structure as well as impairment of body structure.

'Impairments' of body structure are problems in body structure such as a loss or significant departure from population standards or averages.

This metadata item, in conjunction with Impairment extent code X, enables the provision of information about the presence and extent of impairment for any given body structures; with Impairment nature code N, the provision of information about the nature of the impairment for given body functions; and Impairment location code N, the location of the impairment for given body functions.

'Body functions' and 'Body structures' together represent one of the three components that define the concept 'Disability'. 'Activities and participation' and 'Environmental factors' are the other two components. 

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Where multiple body structures or impairments of body structures are recorded, the following prioritising system should be useful:

  • The first recorded body structure or impairment of body function is the one having the greatest impact on the individual.
  • Second and subsequent body structure or impairment of body function are also of relevance to the individual.

The prefix s denotes the domains within the component of Body Structures.

Codes at the ICF chapter level (i.e. single digit headings such as '3' for the 'Structures involved in voice and speech') may be recorded. If further detail is required, the Body Structures component of the ICF provides 3, 4 and 5-digit codes. For example, in the Body Structures classification there are these codes:

s3       Structures involved in voice and speech

s320    Structure of mouth

s3204   Structure of lips

s32040  Upper lip

In order to indicate the presence and extent, nature or location of an impairment in relation to a given body structure, Impairment extent code N, Impairment nature code N and Impairment location code N should also be recorded respectively.

Multiple codes may be recorded.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications.
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World Health Organization (WHO) 2001. ICF: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2003. ICF Australian User Guide V1.0. Canberra: AIHW

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Further information on the ICF can be found in the ICF itself and the ICF Australian User Guide (AIHW 2003), at the following websites:

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Has been superseded by Body structure code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN] Community Services, Standard 16/10/2006, Health, Standard 29/11/2006

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