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Environmental factor code (ICF 2001) AN[NNN]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termEnvironmental factor
METeOR identifier:Help on this term321693
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 Environmental Factors component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).

Context:Help on this termThe environment in which a person functions or experiences disability

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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

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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.

Environmental factors represent the circumstances in which the individual lives. These factors are conceived as immediate (e.g. physical features of the environment, social environment) and societal (formal and informal social structures, services and systems). Different environments may have a very different impact on the same individual with a given health condition.

Facilitators are features of the environment that have a positive effect on disability. Barriers are features of the environment that have a negative effect on disability.

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 'Attitudes' (chapter level) and 'Social, norms, practices and ideology' (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 Extent of environmental factor influence code [X]N will use the codes as indicated. The full range of the permissible values together with definitions can be found in the Environmental Factors component of the ICF.

CODE e1   Products and technology
CODE e2   Natural environment and human-made changes to environment
CODE e3   Support and relationships
CODE e4   Attitudes
CODE e5   Services, systems and policies

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

An example of a value domain at the 3 digit level from the Environmental factors component may include:

CODE e225   Climate
CODE e240   Light
CODE e250   Sound
CODE e255   Vibration
CODE e260   Air quality

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

CODE e1151   Assistive products and technology for personal use in daily life
CODE e1201   Assistive products and technology for personal indoor and outdoor mobility and transportation
CODE e2151   Assistive products and technology for communication
CODE e1301   Assistive products and technology for education
CODE e1351   Assistive products and technology for employment
CODE e1401   Assistive products and technology for culture, recreation and sport
CODE e1451   Assistive products and technology for the practice of religion and spirituality

The prefix e denotes the domains within the component of Environmental Factors.

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 Environmental factors code (ICF 2001) N[NNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

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

Classification scheme attributes

Classification scheme:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 2001
Synonymous names:Help on this termICF 2001
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270548
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 23/02/2005
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/12/2004
Definition:Help on this termThe World Health Organization's (WHO) system for classifying functioning, disability and health.

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Comments:Help on this termThe International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2001 and is a reference member of the WHO Family of International Classifications and of the Australian Family of Health and Related Classifications (endorsed by the National Health Information Management Group in 2002).

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termWorld Health Organization (WHO) 2001. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO
Reference documents:Help on this term

Further information on the ICF can be found in the ICF itself and the ICF Australian User Guide Version 1.0 (AIHW 2003), at the following websites:

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