Karnofski Scale Performance. Definition

Medical Definition: Karnofski Scale Performance

Numerical scale from 0 to 100, widely used in oncology to express in a reduced general state of health of a patient. It is a standard way to measure the ability of cancer patients to perform routine tasks. A higher score means the patient is better able to perform daily activities. A lower score means the opposite, and even reaches the level where the patient is moribund. KPS may be used to determine the patient's prognosis, to measure changes in the patient's ability to function or whether a patient may be included in a clinical trial. Also called KPS.

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