Body structures code (ICF 2001) N[NNNN]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Synonymous names:||Body structures|
|Registration status:||Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006|
A code set representing the Body Structures component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).
|Context:||Human functioning and disability.|
|Classification scheme:||International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 2001|
|Maximum character length:||5|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
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.
Where multiple body structures or impairments of body structures are recorded, the following prioritising system should be useful:
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:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications.|
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
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] Health, Standard 29/11/2006, Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006