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Impairment location code (ICF 2001) N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term288458
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the location of impairment in a specified body structure from the Body Structures component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).
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Human 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
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0More than one region
1Right
2Left
3Both sides
4Front
5Back
6Proximal
7Distal
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8Not specified
9Not applicable

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

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

Impairments are recorded in terms of their extent or magnitude, nature and/or location.Determination of impairment is undertaken primarily by those qualified to evaluate physical and mental functioning or structure according to these standards.

This metadata item contributes to the definition of the concept 'Disability' and gives an indication of the experience of disability for a person.

CODE 0     More than one region

Is recorded when the impairment is present in more than one body location; for example when burn scars affect many areas of skin.

CODE 1     Right

Is recorded when the impairment is present to the right of the midline of the body when viewed from either the back or the front (sagittal axis).

CODE 2     Left

Is recorded when the impairment is present to the left of the midline of the body when viewed from either the back or the front (sagittal axis).

CODE 3     Both sides

Is recorded when the impairment is present on both sides of the midline (sagittal plane) of the body, for example bilateral amputations.

CODE 4     Front

Is recorded when the impairment is present in front of a line passing through the midline of the body when viewed from the side (coronal plane).

CODE 5     Back

Is recorded when the impairment is present behind a line passing through the midline of the body when viewed from the side (coronal plane).

CODE 6     Proximal

Is recorded when the impairment is present nearer the head than a line passing midway between the top of the head and the soles of the feet (transverse plane).

CODE 7     Distal

Is recorded when the impairment is present nearer the feet than a line passing midway between the top of the head and the soles of the feet (transverse plane).

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This coding is used in conjunction with specified body structures, for example 'impairment of proximal structures related to movement'. This code may also be used in conjunction with Impairment extent code X and Impairment nature code X.

Impairments should be detectable or noticeable by others or the person by direct observation or by inference from indirect observation. Impairments are not the same as the underlying pathology, but are manifestations of that pathology.

Impairments can be temporary or permanent; progressive, regressive or static; intermittent or continuous. The deviation from the population norm may be slight or severe and may fluctuate over time. Impairments may result in other impairments.

Impairments may be part or an expression of a health condition, but do not necessarily indicate that a disease is present or that the individual should be regarded as sick.

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Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare, which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the WHO 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 Version 1.0. 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 documents: 2003), at the following websites:

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Impairment location code (ICF 2001) N Health, Standard 29/11/2006, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006

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