The first mlCF proof of concept study started in February 2016 in Finland. The aim of this iterative, agile prototype development was to learn more about user needs and acceptance based on tests and feedback. The project included a co-created design of a mobile interface enabling users to capture ICF-related structured information and to provide a “Functioning Profile” of the user.

Adults with physical disabilities, such as stroke and spinal cord injury (n=47), and children with cerebral palsy or communication disabilities (n=11), participated in several workshops to inform the frontend design for adults and children, respectively. To test the application in real-life situations, the adults (short grown people, n=19) downloaded a beta version from Appstore or PlayStore to their own mobile phones or tablets and used it for a week.  The children (n=11) used it in school. Users were then interviewed to determine their experience.

All users, except one adult, found the prototype easy to use, accepted it and had a favourable response, because it enabled the description of life situations. They would especially use mICF if it could be connected to their health record and to all electronic health and social service systems that they use. Adults would use the application when applying for benefits or before engaging social or health services. They recommended navigation to be improved and bugs fixed. A tutorial, more visually-attractive summary reports and the ability to visualise changes over time, were requested. Children were excited to use the application as a tool for their voices to be heard.

In the meantime, one of the mICF partners, RealityGate, developed the following revolutionary user interface options for the next mobile frontend:

The interface for mICF developed by RealityGate, one of the our partners