Table 71.4Karnofsky Performance Status Index

GeneralIndexSpecific Criteria
Able to carry on normal activity, no special care needed100Normal, no complaints, no evidence of disease
90Able to carry on normal activity, minor signs or symptoms of disease
80Normal activity with effort, signs or symptoms of disease
Unable to work, able to live at home and care for most personal needs, varying amount of assistance needed70Cares for self, unable to carry on normal activity or to do work
60Requires occasional assistance from others, but able to care for most needs
50Requires considerable assistance from others, needs frequent medical care
Unable to care for self, requires institutional or hospital care or equivalent, disease may be rapidly progressing40Disabled, requires special care and assistance
30Severely disabled, hospitalization indicated; death not imminent
20Very sick, hospitalization necessary; active supportive treatment necessary

From: Chapter 71, Principles of Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine

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