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Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

Bristol ADL Scale

Purpose : Assessment of instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Admin time :  10-20 min.

User Friendly :  High

Administered by : GP or nurse


Content : The Bristol ADL scale is an informant-rated measure that covers 20 ADLs, both basic and instrumental. Items are rated on a four-point scale (from totally dependent to totally independent, with an additional “not applicable” option).


Author :  Bucks RS, et al 1996

Copyright : Public domain.

Please note the following conditions of use from the author, Prof. Romola S. Bucks:

* The work must be cited appropriately.

* No amendments permitted - do not change the wording, or item order, introductory text etc.  Doing so may invalidate the measure.

* No change of format permitted - do not change the layout beyond the minimal requirements needed to fit this format into an electronic record.

* Anyone who uses this work must let the author, Prof. Romola S. Bucks, know what they have used it for.

* Please contact the author if you are unsure whether a minor change of either content or format would invalidate the test.

* The scan of the used paper version and storage within an Electronic Patient Record is permitted.

* The creation of an electronic version accessed only within clinical systems such as Electronic Patient Records is permitted.

Bristol ADL Scale

This Tool is used in the Assessment of Functioning

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The Assessment of Functioning is one of 8 domains of the

 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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