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ROMEO LOPEZ ALONSO, Sergio; GALA FERNANDEZ, Bienvenida  and  GOMEZ FALLA, Eloisa. Use of assessment scales in the Promotion of the Personal Autonomy and Attention to the Dependent People Project of Law. Index Enferm [online]. 2006, vol.15, n.54, pp.56-61. ISSN 1699-5988.

The recent approval of the Promotion of the Personal Autonomy and Attention to the Dependent People Project of Law raises the necessity of an assessment system for people in dependency situation. The assessment is based on a clear description of its conceptual frame, where the involved components must be specified, as well as the classification and utilities to which it is bound. Pragmatically, the assessment of the discapacity or dependency must be centered in the study of those activities in which a person needs another one for its accomplishment, without undermining the corporal deficiencies and the context. According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (CIF) that establishes three formats of assessment (screening and case detection, daily use by health professionals, and research studies), the authors stand for the use of the screening and case detection format by health professionals who are numerous and close to the community such as nurses. Nurses will allow to give priority and to guarantee the access to all the population. The reference to the competent multiprofessional assessment organ will allow the use of the daily use format for an assessment, including the three components.

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