Karnofsky Performance Scale
Commonly used for assessing terminally ill patients, often used to determine appropriateness of hospice referral.
Clinical Care Tool - Clinical Assessment
D.A. Karnofsky, MD
Author Contact Information:
Karnofsky, DA & Burchenal, JH. The Clinical Evaluation of Chemotherapeutic Agents in Cancer. Pg. 196. In MacLeod CM (Ed), Evaluation of Chemotherapeutic Agents. Columbia Univ Press, 1949.
quality of life, function, functional performance, health status, physical disability
To use this tool:
No permission required
To view this tool:
www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~drstall/assessmenttools.html This site provides two versions of the Karnofsky Index. Scroll down to Functional Ability Tools.
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