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Nature and the Natural Environment as Health Facilitators: The Need to Reconceptualize the ICF Environmental Factors


Autor/in:

Day, Adam M.; Theurer, Julie A.; Dykstra, Allyson D.; Doyle, Philip C.


Herausgeber/in:

k. A.


Quelle:

Disability and Rehabilitation, 2012, Volume 34 (Number 26), Seite 2281-2290, London: Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print); 1464-5165 (Online)


Jahr:

2012



Abstract:


Purpose:

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.

Method:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusion:

The ICF 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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Disability and Rehabilitation
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Referenznummer:

R/ZA6972


Informationsstand: 31.05.2012

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