Promoting Excellence : Karnofsky Performance Scale

Instrument Name:
Karnofsky Performance Scale

Description:
Commonly used for assessing terminally ill patients, often used to determine appropriateness of hospice referral.

Category:
Clinical Care Tool - Clinical Assessment

Author:
D.A. Karnofsky, MD

Author Contact Information:
Not available

References:
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.

Keywords:
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.


type:clinical_assessment


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