Therapeutic Recreation, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health, and the Capability Approach
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Charles SylvesterTherapeutic Recreation, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health, and the Capability Approach

A major development in health care, The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) has been embraced by therapeutic recreation. One of the outstanding features of the ICF is its bio-psycho-social approach, which integrates the medical model and the social model. The purpose of this discussion is to enhance therapeutic recreation’s association with the ICF by introducing the capability approach, a social framework that has been favorably associated with the ICF. Recommendations include greater attention to social justice in therapeutic recreation to make it more compatible with the principle of holistic care inherent in the ICF and the capability approach.

Author Charles Sylvester
Volume Vol 45, No 2 (2011)
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