The Impact of Introducing an ICF-Based Practice on Staff Competency and Readiness: A Framework Development and Scale Construction
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings




The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was endorsed in 2001. From then on, policy-makers, researchers and practitioners have made vigorous attempts to enact the ICF at both the disability policy level and in daily practice. However, there is very little attention paid to the impact of ICF-based practice on staff. In fact, the acceptance and readiness of staff to receive the changes created by the new ICF-based practice is crucial to the successful implementation of ICF. This study aims to develop a framework and construct a scale on measuring the impact on staff members under the ICF-based practice. It is a pioneering study in Asian countries.


Literature review was used to develop the framework on staff impact. For the scale construction, an expert panel was formed to review the face and content validity of the scale. The panel composed of a researcher, two experienced disability social workers, two paramedical professional staff members and two disability support workers. A pilot test using the scale was carried out and participants including various positions from disability direct services were invited to complete the scale. The finalised scale was confirmed by the expert panel after the pilot test.


A 26-item seven-point Likert scale was developed. The scale contains three domains: 1) the perceived knowledge of the ICF model; 2) the perceived readiness to use the ICF-based practice; and 3) the perceived advantages of the ICF practice.


The proposed scale contributes to explore both the impact of introducing the ICF-based practice to staff members from diverse disciplines and those staff members’ experience of the implementation under a transdisciplinary team approach. The scale needs to be further validated by the methods such as Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFA), Exploratory Factor Analyses (EFA) and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM).
著者Phyllis King Shui WONG
會議名稱Rehabilitation International Asia & Pacific Regional Conference 2019

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