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Body function code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term321690
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006
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A code set representing the Body Functions 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[NNNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term6

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.

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 Exercise tolerance functions (3 digit level) and 'fatigability' (4-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 Impairment extent code N will use the codes as indicated.

CODE b1     Mental functions
CODE b2     Sensory functions and pain
CODE b3     Voice and speech functions
CODE b4     Functions of the cardiovascular, haematological, immunological and respiratory systems
CODE b5     Functions of the digestive, metabolic and the endocrine system
CODE b6     Genitourinary and reproductive functions
CODE b7     Neuromusculoskeletal and movement-related functions
CODE b8     Functions of the skin and related structures

Data collected at this level will provide a general description of the structures 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 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 together, with definitions is listed in the Body Functions component of the ICF.

An example of a value domain at the 3 digit level from the Sensory functions and pain chapter may include:

CODE b210   Seeing functions
CODE b230   Hearing functions
CODE b235   Vestibular functions
CODE b250   Taste functions
CODE b255   Smell functions
CODE b260   Proprioceptive functions
CODE b265   Touch functions
CODE b270   Sensory functions related to temperature and other stimuli
CODE b279   Additional sensory functions, other specified and unspecified

An example of a value domain at the 4 digit level from the body function component  may include:

CODE b1300   Energy level
CODE b1400   Sustaining attention
CODE b1442   Retrieval of memory
CODE b1521   Regulation of emotion
CODE b1641   Organization and planning

The prefix b denotes the domains within the component of Body Functions.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare 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

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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

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Supersedes Body functions code (ICF 2001) N[NNNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—body function, code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN] Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006

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