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Impairment nature code (ICF 2001) N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termBody structure nature of change
METeOR identifier:Help on this term320628
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing the nature of the change in a specified body structure in the Body Structures component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).

Context:Help on this term

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
0No change in structure
1Total absence
2Partial absence
3Additional part
4Aberrant dimensions
6Deviating position
7Qualitative changes in structure
Supplementary values:Help on this term
8Not specified
9Not applicable

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

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

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

CODE 0     No change in structure

Used when the structure of the body part is within the range of the population standard.

CODE 1     Total absence

Used when the body structure is not present. For example total absence of the structures of the lower leg following a thorough knee amputation.

CODE 2     Partial absence

Used when only part of a body structure is present. For example partial absence of the bones of the lower leg following below knee amputation.

CODE 3     Additional part

Used when a structure, not usually present in the population is present, for example a sixth lumbar vertebra or an sixth digit on one hand.

CODE 4     Aberrant dimensions

Used when the shape and size of a body structure is significantly different from the population standard. For example radial aplasia where the shape and size of the radial bone does not develop.

CODE 5     Discontinuity

Used when parts of a body structure are separated, for example cleft palate or fracture.

CODE 6     Deviating position

Used when the location of a structure is not according to population standard; for example, transposition of the great vessels, where the aorta arises from the right ventricle and the pulmonary vessels from the left ventricle.

CODE 7     Qualitative changes in structure

Used when the structure of a body part is altered from the population standard. This includes accumulation of fluid, changes in bone structure as a result of osteoporosis or Paget’s disease.

CODE 8      Not specified

Used when there is a change to a body structure, but the nature of the change is not described.

CODE 9      Not applicable

Used when it is not appropriate to code the nature of the change to a body structure.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications.
Origin:Help on this term

WHO 2001. ICF: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO

AIHW 2003. ICF Australian User Guide Version 1.0. Canberra: AIHW

Reference documents:Help on this termFurther 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:


Relational attributes

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Supersedes Impairment nature code (ICF 2001) N Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—nature of impairment of body structure, 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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