Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Synonymous names:||Body functions|
|Registration status:||Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006|
|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 functions are the physiological functions of body systems (including psychological functions).
Body refers to the human organism as a whole; hence it includes the brain and its functions, that is, the mind.
The 'Body functions' classification is a neutral list of functions that can be used to record positive or neutral body function as well as impairment of body function.
'Impairments' of body functions are problems in body functions 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 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.
Examples of the Permissible values listed in the Body Functions component of the ICF:
CODE 1 Mental functions
Global mental functions, specific mental functions.
CODE 2 Sensory functions and pain
Seeing and related functions, hearing and vestibular functions, additional sensory functions including pain.
CODE 3 Voice and speech functions
Functions of producing sounds and speech, such as articulation, fluency and rhythm.
CODE 4 Functions of the cardiovascular, haematological, immunological and respiratory systems
Functions of the cardiovascular system, functions of the haematological system, functions of the respiratory system.
CODE 5 Functions of the digestive, metabolic and the endocrine system
Functions related to the digestive system, functions relating to metabolism and the endocrine system.
CODE 6 Genitourinary and reproductive functions
Urinary functions, genital and reproductive functions.
CODE 7 Neuromusculoseletal and movement-related functions
Functions of the joints and bones, muscle functions, movement functions.
CODE 8 Functions of the skin and related structures
Functions of the skin, functions of the hair and nails.
The prefix b denotes the domains within the component of Body Functions.
Codes at the ICF chapter levels (i.e. single digit headings such as 'Mental functions') may be recorded. If further detail is required, the Body Functions component of the ICF provides 3, 4 and 5-digit codes. For example, in the Body Functions classification there are these codes:
b2 Sensory functions and pain
b210 Seeing functions
b2102 Quality of vision
b21022 Contrast sensitivity
In order to indicate the presence and extent in relation to a given body function, Impairment extent code X, should also be recorded.
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 Version 1.0. Canberra: AIHW
Further information on the ICF, including more detailed codes, 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 function code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN] Health, Standard 29/11/2006, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006