BARTHEL INDEX

n. a measure of one's ability to independently perform Activities of Daily Living. On a point scale, it rates functional status on 10 specific items, the scores of which would determine how much assistance a patient requires to perform each activity. Depending on the scale used, these individual ratings yield a total score of either 20 or 100. First developed in the 20th century by U.S. psychologist Dorothea Barthel.

BARTHEL INDEX: "When rated on a Barthel Index, the higher you score, the more you are able to improve and live independently. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BARTHEL INDEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/barthel-index/ (accessed November 24, 2020).
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