Developed to assess life habits and handicap situations, which are concepts related to social participation. Life habits are defined as “those habits that ensure the survival and development of a person in society throughout his or her life” and they include activities ranging from ADL’s to social roles. A handicap situation is “a disruption in the accomplishment of a person’s life habits, taking into account age, sex and socio-cultural identity, resulting from impairments, disabilities or environmental factors”.
The LIFE-H includes 12 categories:
The LIFE-H is a conceptually strong tool that incorporates the interaction of the individual and their environment, and thus, overlaps with the International Classification of Functioning (ICF). Participation is based on the individual’s perspective of performance rather than describing it from a societal perspective.
Input was obtained from rehabilitation experts and individuals with SCI (children and adults) so items on this measure should be acceptable to individuals with SCI.
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