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  1. Moulton, Elizabeth MSc
  2. Wilson, Rosemary PhD
  3. Deluzio, Kevin PhD


This article provides an analysis of the concepts of movement and mobility within the context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) for patients' functioning, disability, and health. The methodology developed by Walker and Avant was used to clarify definitions, components, and relationships relevant to the 2 concepts and to the elements of the ICF framework. Definitions and the relationship between concepts are key information that clinicians and researchers need to measure the correct concept when they are assessing the effectiveness of interventions in nursing practice. Concept analysis findings are grounded by the notion that movement occurs when the body causes its own displacement and is explained by the basic principles of physics, human anatomy, and physiology. Mobility is then distinct because it is affected by the environment that the individual is in and can be assisted by any type of mobility aid. Mobility does not need to be generated by the individual's muscles but does need to be controlled by the individual who is mobile. An individual's mobility in his or her environment is important to his or her well-being and needs to be understood in relationship to his or her movements.