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Activities and participation code (ICF 2001) AN[NNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termActivities and participation domains
METeOR identifier:Help on this term320669
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 Activities and Participation 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 termString
Format:Help on this termAN[NNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term5

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.

The activities and participation codes are a neutral list that covers the full range of life areas in which a person can be involved. The domains can be used to record positive or neutral experience of functioning as well as limitations and restrictions.

Data can be collected at the three digit level in one chapter and at the chapter level in another. However it is only possible to collect data at a single level of the hierarchy in a single chapter to maintain mutual exclusivity. For example, it is not permitted to collect both 'Self care' (chapter level) and 'Looking after one's health' (3 digit level) as the former includes the latter.

The value domain below refers to the highest hierarchical level (ICF chapter level). Data collected at this level, in association with respective qualifiers (Activity difficulty level, Activity Need for assistance, Participation extent and Participation satisfaction level) will use the codes as indicated.

CODE d1     Learning and applying knowledge
CODE d2     General tasks and demands
CODE d3     Communication
CODE d4     Mobility
CODE d5     Self-care
CODE d6     Domestic life
CODE d7     Interpersonal interactions and relationships
CODE d8     Major life areas
CODE d9     Community, social and civic life

Data collected at this level will provide a general description of functioning for the person and can only be compared with data collected at the same level.

Each chapter contains categories at different levels ordered from general to detailed. For specific more detailed information the user should follow the structure of the ICF; the codes should be drawn from the same hierarchical level within any particular chapter. The full range of permissible values is listed in the Activities and Participation component of the ICF.

An example of a value domain at the 3 digit level from the Self-care chapter may include:
CODE d510   Washing oneself
CODE d520   Caring for body parts
CODE d530   Toileting
CODE d540   Dressing
CODE d550   Eating
CODE d560   Drinking
CODE d570   Looking after one's health

An example of value domains at the 4 digit level from the Mobility chapter may include:

CODE d4600   Moving around within the home
CODE d4601   Moving around within buildings other than home
CODE d4602   Moving around outside the home and other buildings
CODE d4701   Using private motorized transportation
CODE d4702   Using public motorized transportation

The prefix d denotes the domains within the component of Activities and Participation. At the user's discretion, the prefix d can be replaced by a or p, to denote activities or participation respectively.

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 term

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:


Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Activities and participation code (ICF 2001) N[NNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—activity and participation life area, code (ICF 2001) AN[NNN] Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006

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