Instruments to Assess Functional Status

  • Rosalie A. Kane


The essence of geriatric practice is the expert management of a patient’s needs. To accomplish this goal, a geriatric team must translate its knowledge about a patient’s functional abilities and limitations, psychologic state, social support, and personal preferences into recommendations that often have far-reaching effects on the patient’s life-style. This requires a physician to become involved in collecting, synthesizing, interpreting, and weighting a formidable amount of patient-specific information. Much of this information differs, in kind, from the laboratory values, physical signs and symptoms, radiology results, and other data that are combined to reach a medical diagnosis. In 1987, a Consensus Panel convened by the National Institute on Aging agreed that functional assessment, ie, assessment of the patient’s “ability to function in the arena of everyday living,” is integral to medical decision making.1–2


Family Caregiver Geriatric Assessment Nursing Home Care Sickness Impact Profile Family Burden 
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