activities of daily living

Definitions

Health Economics

  • (written as Activities of Daily Living)
    A frequently used set of basic activities of daily life, such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and transferring, each of which can be rated on a simple scale. The activities and their measurements vary according to the groups for whom they are being developed. The scores are sometimes combined in the construction of indices of healthy functioning or to measure changes in response to treatments.
  • acronymADL
    (written as Activities of Daily Living)

Medical

  • noun a scale used by geriatricians and occupational therapists to assess the capacity of elderly or disabled people to live independently.
  • abbreviationADLs
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