Hearing and Functioning in Everyday Life Questionnaire (HFEQ)

A new ICF Core Set-based instrument is now available - the Hearing and Functioning in Everyday Life Questionnaire (HFEQ).

Developed based on the ICF Core Set for hearing loss, the HFEQ explores the ability of a person with hearing difficulties to function in everyday life. This questionnaire comprises questions about health, hearing, communication, individual resources and social support. It is currently available in English and Swedish.

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To access the HFEQ, click here:
For further questions, kindly contact


New freely available online course "ICF-StARS"

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

Course objective
The course provides participants 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); Enrolment possible until May 18th
Mode: Self-study with flexible attendance
Workload: 30 hours in total, equivalent to 1 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) point
Language: English

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Please enrol via the official website enrol, clikc the red "SIGN IN" button at the top right-hand corner of the 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 "SIGN IN" button. This is required in order to complete the course enrolment.

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.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact the course organizer at the University of Lucerne:


Next available German-language ICF Workshops

The next available German-language ICF workshops conducted by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Germany will take place online. The 2-day (3.5 hours/day) workshop will cover a wide range of topics and comprises a basic module as well as specific modules.

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Day 1: Basic module – 8 trainings sessions in in-person trainings or 3.5 hours in online trainings
Day 2: Advanced modules (optional) – 4 training sessions in in-person trainings or 3.5 hours in online trainings

Further information about the workshops and the registration form can be found here:

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