Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

  • Jane UptonEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_436-2



An activities of daily living (ADL) evaluation is an assessment of an individual’s physical and sometimes mental skills. In the area of physical or occupational therapy, it reflects how well a disabled patient or someone recovering from disease or accident can function in daily life. It is also used to determine how well patients relate to and participate in their environment (Krapp and Cengage 2006). Common examples of ADL include personal hygiene and feeding oneself.


References and Further Reading

  1. Krapp, K., & Cengage, G. (2006). Activities of daily living evaluation. In Encyclopedia of nursing & allied health (2002). Detroit: Gale Group. eNotes.com. Retrieved from http://www.enotes.com/nursing-encyclopedia/activities-daily-living-evaluation

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilliam James CollegeNewtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna C. Whittaker
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  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK