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New online course "ICF-StARS" freely available


Swiss Paraplegic Research and the University of Lucerne have developed the online course "ICF-StARS", which is freely available (at no cost for participating):

Course objective:
The course provides the basics for understanding functioning and for the reporting of functioning information in a standardized manner by using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Target group:
The course is aimed at interested people who work with functioning data (assessment and reporting), including healthcare professionals, researchers, students, quality managers and other professionals in the health system.

When: May 8 – June 4, 2023 (online)
Mode: Self-study with flexible attendance
Workload: 30 hours in total (equivalent to 1 ECTS)
Language: English

Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation within the framework of the National Research Programme 74 "Smarter Health Care", the course introduces the concept of functioning and its importance in the health system. Moreover, it gives an overview of Standardized Assessment and Reporting Systems for functioning information (StARS) based on the ICF. The course includes the introduction of a set of standards, tools and methods to assess and report information on functioning as well as the presentation of exemplary applications in practice and research.

Please enrol via the official website. Those without Swiss university credentials have to first register with the Swiss MOOC Service by selecting the "SWITCH edu-ID" option upon clicking the "ENROL NOW" button. This is required in order to complete the course enrolment.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact us at

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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