The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a framework for describing and organizing information on functioning and disability. The ICF is a useful tool in the field of pediatric physical therapy, where we are moving toward treating the whole child.
This post is the tenth in the ICF series and explores what constitutes an environmental factor. Environmental factors have an impact on all components of functioning in the ICF. They affect the experience of participation and can be either facilitators or barriers to an individual’s participation. Generally, environmental factors include:
- Medical professionals
- Equipment and bracing
- Structures & design
- Laws and policies
Don’t forget that we PTs, OTs and ST’s are considered environmental factors 🙂