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Nature and the Natural Environment as Health Facilitators: The Need to Reconceptualize the ICF Environmental Factors
Day, Adam M.; Theurer, Julie A.; Dykstra, Allyson D.; Doyle, Philip C.
Disability and Rehabilitation, 2012, Volume 34 (Number 26), Seite 2281-2290, London: Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print); 1464-5165 (Online)
This work examines the environmental factors component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF
) relative to current health-facilitating evidence about natural environmental factors. We argue that the environmental factors component warrants reconceptualization in order to offer an extended and more systematic framework for identifying and measuring health-facilitating natural environmental factors.
Current evidence highlighting the potential health-facilitating benefits of natural environmental factors is synthesized and considered in the context of the ICF
framework and its coding system.
In its current form, the ICF
's conceptual framework and coding system are inadequate for identifying and measuring natural environmental factors in individuals and groups with and/or without health conditions.
provides an advanced framework for health and disability that reflects contemporary conceptualizations about health. However, given the scope of emerging evidence highlighting positive health and well-being outcomes associated with natural environmental factors, we believe the environmental factors component requires further advancement to reflect this current knowledge. Reconceptualizing the environmental factors component supports a more holistic interpretation of the continuum of environmental factors as both facilitators and barriers. In doing so, it strengthens the ICF
's utility in identifying and measuring health-facilitating natural environmental factors.
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