WHO&ESCAP Pilot disability survey 2009
Questionnaire Overview sections first level Overview sections second level Linking to the ICF Items on disability? Capacity & Performance specified? Time frame (only disability questions) Response options (only disability questions) Any known instrument included? Filter (for the whole section) Checked (x) Relevant Comment
(e. g. household, individual, etc)     only chapter level None Capacity   Frequency SF-36     0=no  
        1 to 5 Performance   Intensity WHODAS     1=yes  
        5 to 10 Both   Statement WG-6        
        10 to 20 Not clearly stated   Others Others (please specify)        
        More than 20     Yes/No None        
  SECTION A Demographic and background information   PF, d8, e1           all x 0  
  SECTION B Vision   b2, e1 5 to 10 Performance   Intensity WG-6 + others all x 1 Disability questions + questions on use of assistive devices (glasses).
  SECTION C Hearing   b2, e1 5 to 10 Performance   Intensity WG-6 + others all x 1 Disability questions + questions on use of assistive devices. Interviewer's assessment of hearing functions.
  SECTION D Mobility   d4, e1, e3 10 to 20 Both   Intensity WG-6 + others all x 1 Disability questions + questions on use/kind of assistive devices or help.
  SECTION E Communication   d3 1 to 5 Not clearly stated   Intensity WG-6 + others all x 1 Disability questions + questions on the cause of difficulties with communication.
  SECTION F Cognition   b1 5 to 10     Intensity, Frequency WG-6 + others all x 1 Disability questions + operationalisation of problems with remembering things. Interviewer's assessment of attention functions.
  SECTION G Upper body   d5, d4 5 to 10 Not clearly stated   Intensity WG-6 + others all x 1  
  SECTION H Learning   d1 1 to 5 Not clearly stated   Intensity None all x 1  
  SECTION I Affect (Anxiety and depression)   b1, HC, e1 10 to 20     Frequency None all x 1 Disability questions + questions on the use of medication and the cause of emotional problems.
  SECTION J Pain   b2 5 to 10   past 3 months Intensity, Frequency None all x 1 Disability questions + operationalisation of pain + questions on the use of medication and the cause of emotional problems.
  SECTION K Fatigue   b1 5 to 10   past 3 months Intensity, Frequency None all x 1 Disability questions + questions on the cause of fatigue
  SECTION L Needs for assistance, health conditions and impairments   e3, d3, d4, d5, hc 1 to 5     Frequency None all x 1 Questions on the reason for the need of support, health conditions
General impressions
The questionnaire was assessed during the WHO/ESCAP Questionnaire for Disability Question Set Testing (Pilot test 2009).
In contrast to the pilot testing in 2005, disability questions are not asked due to health problems.
The survey includes the
6 Washington Group questions + selected WHO-DAS questions + further disability questions. Beside disability questions, questions on the impact of impairments or limitations on different daily activities (e.g. working, household, leisure, transportation) are asked.
Questions on the cause of difficulties from the perspective of the interviewee are asked in some of the sections. In the Hearing and Remembering section an evaluation of hearing functions and attention functions from the perspective of the interviewer is performed.
Whenever the distinction between capacity and performance is obvious (seeing, hearing, mobility), the questions are clearly framed (e.g. with the use of glasses) to assess performance and capacity, respectively. In other sections (e.g. learning, communication), the questions are framed without specifying capacity and performance, respectively.
In contrast to other disability or health surveys, possible health conditions are assessed at the end
of the survey!