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Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL, Katz Index)

Purpose:

To assess patients for their ability to undertake the Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Objective:

physical and lifestyle, disease progression, disability and performance, quality of life

ICD-10:

Z73.6

Description:

The Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) is used to evaluate elderly and chronically ill patients for ability to perform essential life functions (bathing, dressing, going to toilet, transferring, maintaining continence and feeding). The patient is assessed in each of these functions, and based on the pattern for independence or dependence, one of eight grades is assigned. The grade is then used in assessing prognosis and guiding rehabilitation.

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