1. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. Sep-Oct;20(5) doi: /j. jstrokecerebrovasdis Epub Sep 2. Disabil Rehabil. Apr-Jun;15(2) Functional status in primary care: COOP/WONCA charts. Van Weel C(1). Author information: (1)University of. COOP/WONCA Functional Assessment Charts are widely in use in research and objective is to describe our experiences with COOP/WONCA Charts and to.

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For example, hypertension and diabetes in one patient can both impact on functional status, but their relative importance and effects cannot be determined from routine recording. For some time general practitioners have recognised the integral importance of health promotion and the measurement of functional status in consultations.

Only the chart measuring change in health revealed a wnca in functional ability associated with the onset of cooo and an improvement in functional status at follow up. However, one study has shown a correlation between self-assessment and provider assessment.

A Manual 27provides further information about the development and use of the charts, how to wona the charts, and a contact list for further assistance, including authors ckop the various translations. Version in French updated in the spring of Several have been used in general practice settings.

The charts can be used independently or in groups. Functional status relates to the patient, not to the health problem, disease or episode of care. The aim of the PRIMEGE Regional Information System in General Practice Project is to collect anonymized data directly from the consultation software without the doctor’s effort in order to supply a database for research purposes in general medicine. Two of the other charts indicated a deterioration at follow up.


COOP Charts

Instruments wonva measuring functional status. With any measure of functional status, cultural and context issues need to be explored. Each chart consists of a lead sentence with five options for response. Implicit in any definition of functional status is the importance of factors other than disease in the health of patients.

Several studies have looked at these issues. There are now six charts: National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. A total of 95 patients presenting with acute low back pain were recruited from 15 single-handed general practices in northern Germany. Functional status is considered an important woncca of health status in primary care. The charts ask patients to use the timescale of the past two weeks when rating their condition.

The WICC is in charge of the scientific content and leads the consortium. To date the Charts have been published in the following languages: Pictorial depictions of the five possible responses accompany the text.

ICPC-2 edited rubrics by rubrics in 22 languages and Q-Codes in 10 languages with multiterminological mappings. There are a plethora of indicators currently available. As a research instrument the test-retest reliability will always be an issue for indicators that are global and influenced by so many variables.

Functional status in primary care: COOP/WONCA charts.

Only the chart measuring change in health was correlated with ratings of pain and impairment at baseline. Open in a separate window. Validity with respect to the change in asthma. Functional status could be coded in this component with the addition of an extra digit.

Associated Data Supplementary Materials. A study was carried out to determine whether the charts are able to measure the degree of functional impairment associated with acute illness and the improvement in functional ability accompanying copp process of recovery.


Functional status is a measure of an individual’s overall well-being. These charts were modified by the classification committee and promoted for use in conjunction with ICPC.

Prescribing antibiotics for respiratory tract infections in primary care: It is suggested that patients consider their present complaints when rating their condition.

This may partly be a result of patients misunderstanding the instructions.

COOP-WONCA charts: a suitable functional status screening instrument in acute low back pain?

At follow up, strong correlations were found between general practitioners’ assessments of impairment, patients’ ratings of pain and patients’ ratings of recovery for all scales except for those measuring social activities and daily activities.

Standardisation of test conditions and assessment wonnca inter-rater reliability may improve the results for research projects.

Some studies of the charts have suggested that they do not exhibit cross-cultural stability. However since functional status relates to the patient as a whole and not to the health problem, the relationship becomes difficult to interpret when there is more than one active problem, because co-morbidity complicates the interpretation. These measurements are particularly important in dealing with ageing and those with chronic problems.

COOP Charts Primary Health Care Classification Consortium – WICC WONCA

These drawings have enhanced the applicability of these Charts in settings where there is variability of literacy amongst the general practice patient eonca. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.

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