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Karnofsky Scale

Developed by Karnofsky, Abelmann, Craver & Burchenal, 1948

The Karnofsky Scale has been adapted for use in many areas, including hospices, cancer clinics, etc., as well as used by various CFS researchers and physicians (Leonard Jason, PhD; Jay A. Goldstein, MD).

The 10-point scale is a quick and easy way to indicate how you are feeling on a given day, without going through several multiple choice questions or symptom surveys. If you would like to print the scale for your own use, you can download the PDF version.

100

Able to work. Normal; No complaints; No evidence of disease.

90

Able to work. Able to carry on normal activity; Minor symptoms.

80

Able to work. Normal activity with effort; Some symptoms.

70

Independent; not able to work. Cares for self; Unable to carry on normal activity.

60

Disabled; dependent. Requires occasional assistance; cares for most needs.

50

Moderately disabled; dependent. Requires considerable assistance and frequent care.

40

Severely disabled; dependent. Requires special care and assistance.

30

Severely disabled. Hospitalized, death not imminent.

20

Very sick. Active supportive treatment needed.

10

Moribund. Fatal processes are rapidly progressing

 

To record functional capacity (ability to do the activities of daily living [ADL]), please see the ADL Worksheet forms.

 

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