Objective: To compare the content of intake documentation originating from secondary and tertiary hearing care settings
to the ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss (HL), by linking the intake documentation to categories of the International
Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF).
Design: Multi-center patient record study including 176 adult patients from two secondary, and two tertiary hearing care
settings. Linking rules were used to link the content of anonymized patient records to the ICF. The extent to which the
ICF Core Sets for HL were represented in intake documentation, was determined by assessing the overlap between the
ICF categories in the Core Sets and the list of unique ICF categories extracted from the intake documentation. Any extra
constructs that were expressed in the intake documentation but are not part of the Core Sets were described as ICF
categories that are not part of the Core Sets and constructs that are not part of the ICF classification.
Results: In total, Otology and Audiology intake documentation represented 24 of the 27 Brief ICF Core Set categories
(i.e., 89%), and 60 of the 117 Comprehensive ICF Core Set categories (i.e., 51%). One extra ICF category emerged from
the intake documentation that is currently not included in the Core Sets: sleep functions. Various Personal Factors
emerged from the intake documentation that are currently not defined in the ICF classification.
Conclusions: The observed overlap supports the Core Sets’ content validity. The non-overlap in Core Set categories
indicate that current intake procedures do not cover all aspects that are relevant to patients with hearing loss, on the one
hand, and that the Core Sets do not include areas of functioning that are relevant to Otology and Audiology patients on
the other hand. Consideration of incorporating both aspects into future intake practice deserves attention.
|Period||2 Jun 2016|
|Event title||Hearing Across the Lifespan 2016|
|Degree of Recognition||International|