Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Synonymous names:||Environmental factor|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 29/11/2006|
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006
A code set representing the Environmental Factors component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).
|Context:||The environment in which a person functions or experiences disability|
|Classification scheme:||International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 2001|
|Maximum character length:||5|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
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
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
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
The prefix e denotes the domains within the component of Environmental Factors.
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications.|
WHO 2001. ICF: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO
AIHW 2003. ICF Australian User Guide Version 1.0. Canberra: AIHW
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:
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Environmental factors code (ICF 2001) N[NNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Person—environmental factor, code (ICF 2001) AN[NNN] Health, Standard 29/11/2006