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Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study
Online course "ICF-StARS" freely available

Online course "ICF-StARS" freely available

Online course "ICF-StARS" freely available

Online course "ICF-StARS" freely available

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

Course objective:

The course provides 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: August 12 – September 15, 2024

Mode: Self-study with flexible attendance online

Workload: 30 hours in total (equivalent to 1 ECTS)

Language: English


Please enrol via the official website.

Registration with the Swiss MOOC Service is required for course enrollment. Persons with Swiss university credentials can use this information to register. Individuals without Swiss university credentials must select the option "SWITCH edu-ID" in the registration process and register with this service first in order to be able to complete the registration with Swiss MOOC Service.


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 us at