Beyond Achondroplasia

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)


ICF is the WHO framework for measuring health and disability at both individual and population levels. Although many things might be not be measurable!, this is an interesting summary vision of achondroplasia by the : Optimal Management of complications associated with acondroplasia, by P.Ireland et al, June 2014.

“Expression of the defective FGFR3 gene in achondroplasia results in impairments of multiple body structures and functions. These impairments impact, both singularly and in combination, upon later development and performance. The complexity of this presentation, whereby individual impairments may impact upon multiple activity and participation areas, requires consideration under a broad framework to gain a thorough understanding of the complications experienced by individuals with achondroplasia”

An ICF model for achondroplasia:

ICF, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health

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