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Revista de Salud Pública

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MORENO-ANGARITA, Marisol et al. An occupational evaluation of disabled people from a humanabilities' viewpoint. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.5, pp.764-777. ISSN 0124-0064.

ABSTRACT Objective Describing how a tool was designed for assessing disabled people in Colombia (called "Occupational evaluation of handicapped people in Colombia"). Method This was a multi-method studywhich consisted of five phases and a stakeholder participation-based strategy. The first stage of the multi-method research involved a literature review followed by expert judgment and then peer assessment of the tool; the fourth stage involved a pilot study and and a basic training course in occupational assessment involved the tool's socialisation with actors working in the field of occupational assessment, taking their suggestions into account for final adjustment of the tool. Results A tool was developed for the occupational assessment of disabled people in Colombia which was based on identifying their capabilities in terms of performance and general work skills to promote their inclusion in the workforce. Conclusions Considering the Colombian state's responsibility for ensuring disabled people's right to work and their inclusion in the workforce (Law 1346/2009, Law 1618/2013 and Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)), this tool will not replace existing ones but will promote a more favourable perception of disabled people, thereby facilitating their inclusion in the workforce.

Keywords : Occupational assessment; disabled people; evaluating disability; International Classification of Functioning; Disability and Health; mortality; morbidity.

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