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Aging, Functioning, and Rehabilitation Workshop

February 16 @ 8:30 am - February 17 @ 5:00 pm CET

National Academies Health and Medicine


Aging, Functioning, and Rehabilitation

February 16, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CET (2:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET)
February 17, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CET (2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET)
The National Academies will host a hybrid public workshop at the University of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland. The event will facilitate a discussion focused on the World Health Organization’s concept of functioning and its role in rethinking health, with a focus on healthy aging and the future of rehabilitation as a health strategy.

Invited presentations and panel discussions will cover topics including:

  • The World Health Organization’s concept of functioning in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Moving beyond traditional health outcome measures and operationalizing functioning as a measure of health
  • Standardizing and routinely collecting functioning data in health information systems
  • Ways to integrate functioning into public health strategies for healthy aging and healthy longevity
  • Disability from the perspective of functioning: a universal human experience as well as a discrete social group seeking equity
  • Epidemiology of functioning: the consequences of using functioning as the third health indicator augmenting mortality and morbidity
  • How demographic and epidemiological projections are shaping the future of public health in the context of functioning
  • Conceptualizing and operationalizing rehabilitation as the health strategy that aims to optimize functioning, which could serve as the basis for scaling rehabilitation in the 21st century
  • Functioning and person-centered care: the lived experience of health
  • Functioning and value-based health care

For more information on this study and virtual public workshop, visit the event webpage.


February 16 @ 8:30 am CET
February 17 @ 5:00 pm CET

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