publication . Other literature type . Article . 1999

The ALSFRS-R: a revised ALS functional rating scale that incorporates assessments of respiratory function

Jesse M. Cedarbaum; Nancy Stambler; Errol Malta; Cynthia Fuller; Dana Hilt; Barbara Thurmond; Arline Nakanishi;
  • Published: 01 Oct 1999
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
The ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS) is a validated rating instrument for monitoring the progression of disability in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). One weakness of the ALSFRS as originally designed was that it granted disproportionate weighting to limb and bulbar, as compared to respiratory, dysfunction. We have now validated a revised version of the ALSFRS, which incorporates additional assessments of dyspnea, orthopnea, and the need for ventilatory support. The Revised ALSFRS (ALSFRS-R) retains the properties of the original scale and shows strong internal consistency and construct validity. ALSFRS-R scores correlate significantly with...
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free text keywords: Psychometrics, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, medicine.disease, medicine, Test validity, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, Rating scale, business.industry, business, Respiratory function, Construct validity, Orthopnea, medicine.symptom, Quality of life
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