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Purpose: This study was designed to use the International of Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF tool) to establish an initial data base of disability levels for a group of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) survivors within the area of Campina Grande (Brazil).

Methods: 38 survivors (17 females) participated in this study. 65.8% of the participants suffered ischemic CVA and 52.6% of all cases had injuries to the right cerebral cortical hemisphere. All neural injuries were considered chronic since they occurred at least five years from the date of this study. The ICF tool consisted of 49 questions distributed into 3 categories according to ICF’s core set for stroke.

Results: The investigated group revealed high levels of dysfunction on very basic daily life activities: bipedal locomotion, use of upper limbs, and ability to interact with other citizens. Our study suggested that this population faces a much higher risk of developing secondary morbities caused by CVA and they include, [1] depression due to the inability of interaction and recreation, and [2] higher risk of falls due their impairment in bipedal ambulation.

Significance: Results produced by our study have provided local public health agencies with a data base indicating what comorbidities local CVA survivors are more likely to suffer. This data base will aid these same agencies in developing effective local health policies aiming to prevent these comorbidities.

Originality: This study shows that the introduction of a multi-factor score that integrates environmental and social aspects of disability is an essential tool for the development and evaluation of new public health policies.

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Disability levels in cerebral vascular accident (CVA) survivors: the ICF model in action

Purpose: This study was designed to use the International of Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF tool) to establish an initial data base of disability levels for a group of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) survivors within the area of Campina Grande (Brazil).

Methods: 38 survivors (17 females) participated in this study. 65.8% of the participants suffered ischemic CVA and 52.6% of all cases had injuries to the right cerebral cortical hemisphere. All neural injuries were considered chronic since they occurred at least five years from the date of this study. The ICF tool consisted of 49 questions distributed into 3 categories according to ICF’s core set for stroke.

Results: The investigated group revealed high levels of dysfunction on very basic daily life activities: bipedal locomotion, use of upper limbs, and ability to interact with other citizens. Our study suggested that this population faces a much higher risk of developing secondary morbities caused by CVA and they include, [1] depression due to the inability of interaction and recreation, and [2] higher risk of falls due their impairment in bipedal ambulation.

Significance: Results produced by our study have provided local public health agencies with a data base indicating what comorbidities local CVA survivors are more likely to suffer. This data base will aid these same agencies in developing effective local health policies aiming to prevent these comorbidities.

Originality: This study shows that the introduction of a multi-factor score that integrates environmental and social aspects of disability is an essential tool for the development and evaluation of new public health policies.