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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2008;14(2):201-209.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2008.14.2.201    Published online June 30, 2008.
Development of WHO Impairment Grading System for Managing Leprosy Patients
Chun Bok Park, Hwa Sun Kim, Hune Cho
Department of Medical Informatics, College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Korea.
Abstract

OBJECTIVES
We have developed a computerized WHO impairment grading for the clinical management of leprosy patients. The primary aim of this research is to redefine from the legacy disability grading to impairment grading recommended by ICF of WHO.

METHODS: The degree of impairment can be determined at the moment of clinical examination and directly entered by a physician. The computation of impairment sum scores, cumulative reports and analysis can be automated.

RESULTS: Annual report of health statistics is submitted with high degree of accuracy.

CONCLUSIONS: WHO impairment grading and ICF terminology is found to be essential for the clinical management of leprosy patients, and can be a valuable basis for the development of information system in rehabilitation facilities.

Key Words: Disability grading, WHO Impairment Grading, International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), EHF Score


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