New from Hogrefe: the Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale, an assessment tool designed to measure and record social and occupational functioning in those with mental illness - a disease swiftly on the rise, and one that mental health professionals are struggling to deal with effectively.
The Mini-ICF-APP was developed following the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), which itself was developed to provide a standardised classification of functioning and disability. The framework provided by the ICF is detailed and complex, meaning it can be difficult to use in day-to-day clinical practice. The Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale was therefore created to simplify the measurement and recording process.
Newly validated in the UK under the direction of Oxford-based consultant psychiatrist Andrew Molodynski, the Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale is designed for adults with mental health disorders of all types, and of varying degrees of disability.
â€œMeasurement of the impairment resulting from mental health problemsis absolutely crucial in helping to deal withthe problem - we need to intervene, and to do it effectively,â€ says Molodynski. â€œWe need to be more sophisticated about how we get help to the people who need it, and certainly the Mini-ICF-APP is a great tool to assist with this kind of intervention.â€
The rating delivered by the Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale is based partly upon the patient's own report of activities and issues in everyday life - such as daily activities, relationships, hobbies and work - typically over the preceding two weeks, to allow for a precise measure of a patient's current capabilities. It is suitable for assessing the current ability of patients, and for measuring changes over time - for instance, in the form of pre- and post-measurement as part of the individualised recovery process.
The Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale is now available from Hogrefe.
For more information
- Product information
- Video introduction
- Our interview with author Andrew Molodynski