The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

ICF Core Sets for low back pain

Cieza, Alarcos, Stucki, Gerold, Weigl, Martin, Disler, Peter, Jäckel, Wilfred, van der Linden, Sjef, Kostanjsek, Nenad and de Bie, Rob (2004) ICF Core Sets for low back pain Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 36, supplement 44, pp. 69-74. (doi:10.1080/16501960410016037). (PMID:15370751).

Record type: Article


Objective: To report on the results of the consensus process integrating evidence from preliminary studies to develop the first version of a Comprehensive ICF Core Set and a Brief ICF Core Set for low back pain.

Methods: A formal decision-making and consensus process integrating evidence gathered from preliminary studies was followed. Preliminary studies included a Delphi exercise, a systematic review and an empirical data collection. After training in the ICF and based on these preliminary studies, relevant ICF categories were identified in a formal consensus process by international experts from different backgrounds.

Results: The preliminary studies identified a set of 503 ICF categories at the second, third and fourth ICF levels with 211 categories on body functions, 47 on body structures, 190 on activities and participation and 55 on environmental factors. Eighteen experts from 15 different countries attended the consensus conference on low back pain. Altogether 78 second-level categories were included in the Comprehensive ICF Core Set with 19 categories from the component body functions, 5 from body structures, 29 from activities and participation and 25 from environmental factors. The Brief ICF Core Set included a total of 35 second-level categories with 10 on body functions, 3 on body structures, 12 on activities and participation and 10 on environmental factors.

Conclusion: A formal consensus process integrating evidence and expert opinion based on the ICF framework and classification led to the definition of ICF Core Sets for low back pain. Both the Comprehensive ICF Core Set and the Brief ICF Core Set were defined.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: August 2004
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 342050
ISSN: 1650-1977
PURE UUID: 5c81e1b5-beda-48bb-af0b-80e6a4a1f43d

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 10 Aug 2012 11:45
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:31

Export record



Author: Alarcos Cieza
Author: Gerold Stucki
Author: Martin Weigl
Author: Peter Disler
Author: Wilfred Jäckel
Author: Sjef van der Linden
Author: Nenad Kostanjsek
Author: Rob de Bie

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.