Activity as defined for use in the International Classification of Function, Health and Disability (WHO 2001) is the execution of a task or action. As such activity can be considered to occur at a person level rather than a systems level such as body function. A debate exists regarding the segregation of activity and participation as separate components or in our case classifications and even the (WHO 2001) acknowledges this difficulty and therefore presents the domains as a single list. Recently Jette et al. (2003) tested the hypothesis that activity and participation were distinct dimensions within physical function. They concluded that distinct concepts were indeed identifiable for mobility and daily activities and social/participation. As such we present tools mobility and self care (daily) activity tools in the following section. The reader is reminded that several tools cross not only domains (mobility, daily activity) but also components (activity, participation). In this case we have classified the tool in the area most clearly represented by measure. For example in a self report questionnaire this would be reflected by the area with the most questions (items).
The outcome measures reviewed under this category are listed in the right sidebar.