Performance Status Scales

The Karnofsky Performance Scale

Description Percent (%)
Normal; no complaints; no evidence of disease 100
Able to carry on normal activity; minor signs and symptoms of disease 90
Normal activity with effort; some signs and symptoms of disease 80
Cares for self; unable to carry on normal activity or do work 70
Requires occasional assistance, but is able to care for most personal needs 60
Requires considerable assistance and frequent medical care 50
Disabled; requires special care and assistance 40
Severely disabled; hospitalization indicated although death not imminent 30
Very sick; hospitalization necessary; requires active support treatment 20
Moribund; fatal processes progressing rapidly 10
Dead 0


Description Score
Normal 0
Fatigue w/o significant decreased activity 1
Fatigue with signifiant decreased activity 2
Bedrest > 50% of waking hours 3
Bedridden or unable to care for self 4
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