Karnofsky-Index

Karnofsky GradeKarnofsky Status
100 %Normal, no complaints
90 %Able to carry on normal activities. Minor signs or symptoms of disease
80 %Normal activity with effort
70 %Cares for self. Unable to carry on normal activity or to do active work
60 %Requires occasional assistance, but able to care for most of his needs
50 %Requires considerable assistance and frequent medical care
40 %Disabled. Requires special care and assistance
30 %Severely disabled. Hospitalisation indicated though death non-imminent
20 %Very sick. Hospitalisation necessary. Active supportive treatment necessary
10 %Moribund
0 %Dead

Additional Information

Score Description

The Karnofsky-Index is a scoring system to determine the performance status of cancer patients.

Further Reading

Oken MM et al. Toxicity And Response Criteria Of The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. Am J Clin Oncol 5:649-655, 1982.