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Fisioterapia em Movimento

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CARDOSO, Ana Amélia; MAGALHAES, Lívia de Castro; LACERDA, Tatiana Teixeira Barral de  and  ANDRADE, Peterson Marco de Oliveira. Linking the Motor Coordination and Dexterity Assessment (MCDA) to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Fisioter. mov. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp.31-45. ISSN 1980-5918.

INTRODUCTION: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) aims to provide a scientific basis for the comprehension and the study of health and its related conditions, and as such it can be used to guide the creation and utilization of outcome measures. The Motor Coordination and Dexterity Assessment (MCDA) is a Brazilian assessment tool that was designed to detect motor delay in 4 to 8 years old children. Objectives: The aims of this study were: a) to link the CIF sub domains with the MCDA items and b) determine if the MCDA items fit with the ICF framework. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One occupational therapist and one physical therapist coded, independently, the MCDA items, conducting the linking with the ICF. Whenever there was no agreement between the researchers, the opinion of other two researchers, one occupational therapist and one physical therapist, was used. RESULTS: The MCDA items were linked to the components b (body functions), d (activities and participation), e (environmental factors), and f (personal factors). DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The MCDA items could be linked with the ICF framework. Professionals and researchers in the rehabilitation field can use the MCDA to get data about activities and participation of children with motor coordination problems, because the MCDA terminology and scope are in accordance with WHO’s biopsychosocial perspective.

Keywords : ICF; Performance assessment; Motor coordination; Dexterity assessment.

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