International classification of functionality: use in care environments

International classification of functionality: use in care environments


The WHO proposes the INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF FUNCTIONALITY (CIF), as a reference classification for the evaluation of the functional capacity of people in clinical environments. The conceptual structure must be common to all health professionals. Thus, the CIF is a language that allows the formulation of health diagnoses and facilitates interprofessional communication. We propose this course so that a process of interprofessional communication is developed in the Iberian terms in the evaluation of the needs of the care of the elderly. In agreement with the presented arguments, and of the form in which the model that we propose here, we understand this course of fundamental importance, in the use of the reference language of the World Health Organization.


Full Name: César João Vicente da Fonseca
Filiation: Évora University


César João Vicente da Fonseca, Master’s program in Health Communication, the University Aberta, PhD in Nursing at the University of Lisbon. He is currently Professor at University of Évora. Develops the following thematic areas: Evidence-based Practice, Clinical decision making, Clinical guidelines, care needs assessment, control and eradication of pain, reflection of clinical practices, organizational management of social equipment intended for older people and health indicators of long-term care organizations. Played roles in coordination and control team of the research and development unit of nursing school of Lisbon, being responsible for several epidemiological research programs in the field of public health. Responsible for international publication of several papers and the achievement of several scientific meetings in the areas described, with international impact. Part of the Portuguese Health systems Observatory. Some of the papers that have published feature great international impact factor and international relevance. There are 150 citations of the article published in international terms.