Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Katz Index of ADLs

  • Michelle Marie Tipton-BurtonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1853


Katz ADL


The Katz Index of Activities of Daily Living is designed to assess functional status, specifically, the client’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) independently. Clinicians will typically use the tool to detect problems in performing activities of daily living to either predict future function and level of care or for treatment planning purposes. The index ranks adequacy of performance in the following six functions: bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, continence, and feeding. If no supervision, direction, or personal assistance is required, then 1 point is given to that functional activity. If the client requires supervision, direction, personal assistance, or total care, then a 0 is assigned to that functional activity. A total score of 6 indicates full function, 4 indicates moderate impairment, and 2 or less indicates severe functional impairment. Although the Katz Index was developed from observations of older adults after...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physical Medicine and RehabilitationSanta Clara Valley Medical CenterSan JoseUSA