Barthel Index

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 (pl. indexes, in´dices) (L.)
1. the numerical ratio of measurement of any part in comparison with a fixed standard.
Barthel index an objective, standardized tool for measuring functional status. The individual is scored in a number of areas depending upon independence of performance. Total scores range from 0 (complete dependence) to 100 (complete independence).
bleeding index any of various methods of assessing bleeding in the gingival sulcus before or after treatment.
body mass index (BMI) the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters, a measure of body fat that gives an indication of nutritional status.
cardiac index cardiac output corrected for body size.
cephalic index 100 times the maximum breadth of the skull divided by its maximum length.
citation index an index listing all publications appearing in a set of source publications (e.g., articles in a defined group of journals) that cite a given publication in their bibliographies.
Colour index a publication of the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists containing an extensive list of dyes and dye intermediates. Each chemically distinct compound is identified by a specific number, the C.I. number, avoiding the confusion of trivial names used for dyes in the dye industry.
erythrocyte indices the mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. These are all useful for evaluating anemias because they provide information on the size of the erythrocytes and the concentration of hemoglobin. Called also red cell or red blood cell indices.
glycemic index a ranking of foods based on the response of postprandial blood sugar levels as compared with a reference food, usually either white bread or glucose. See table.
left ventricular stroke work index (LVSWI) an index of the amount of work performed by the heart.
leukopenic index a fall of 1000 or more in the total leukocyte count within 1.5 hours after ingestion of a given food; it indicates allergic hypersensitivity to that food.
index Medicus a monthly publication of the national library of medicine in which the world's leading biomedical literature is indexed by author and subject.
opsonic index a measure of opsonic activity determined by the ratio of the number of microorganisms phagocytized by normal leukocytes in the presence of serum from an individual infected by the microorganism, to the number phagocytized in serum from a normal individual.
phagocytic index any arbitrary measure of the ability of neutrophils to ingest native or opsonized particles determined by various assays; it reflects either the average number of particles ingested or the rate at which particles are cleared from the blood or culture medium.
red blood cell indices (red cell indices) erythrocyte indices.
refractive index the refractive power of a medium compared with that of air (assumed to be 1).
short increment sensitivity index (SISI) a hearing test in which randomly spaced, 0.5-second tone bursts are superimposed at 1- to 5-decibel increments in intensity on a carrier tone having the same frequency and an intensity of 20 decibels above the speech recognition threshold.
therapeutic index originally, the ratio of the maximum tolerated dose to the minimum curative dose; now defined as the ratio of the median lethal dose (LD50) to the median effective dose (ED50). It is used in assessing the safety of a drug.
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Barthel Index

An interviewer-based instrument similar to the Kenny Self-Care Scale, which is used to assess physical functions, specifically self-care and ambulation (e.g., stair climbing).

Useful in rehabilitation settings.
Range of activities assessed does not detect small defects; ratings are subjective.
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Barthel Index

Clinical medicine An interviewer-based instrument similar to the Kenny Self-Care Scale, used to assess physical functions, specifically self-care and ambulation–eg, stair-climbing. See ADL scale.
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D.W., 20th century U.S. physiatrist.
Barthel ADL score - Synonym(s): Barthel index
Barthel index - assessment tool which uses standardized classifications to determine level of function for skills such as mobility and activities of daily living. Synonym(s): Barthel ADL score
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[5] The Barthel scale is numerical and scores 10 functions on a scale 0 (fully dependent) to 20 (independent).
Table 1 Demographic and clinical data of the enrolled subjects Stroke Men Women Basic information Gender female:male 13 12 Mean age in years 64 [+ or -] 13 67 [+ or -] 11 Hypertension 11 9 Cardiac problems (fibrillation) 2 5 Diabetes 2 1 Onset Sudden Sudden NIHSS scale Mean 10(5-15) Mean 12(5-15) RANKIN SCALE Mean 3(0-6) Mean 3(0-6) Barthel scale Mean 55(0-100) Mean 60(0-100) Balance and gait scores Median FGA [points] with min; max 15(12,31) 13(11, 30) Median BBS [points] with min; max 4(3,8) 4(2, 8) Median FES-I [points] with min; 16 (15; 59) 17 (16; 57) max Mean ABC [%] with min; max 32.3 (22; 98) 33.4 (20; 100)
Currently, ranks from 0 to 40 in the Barthel scale are regarded as a nation-wide, single criterion qualifying patients to this form of care and indicate self-care deficits concerning basic, physical activities of daily living.
A ceiling effect on the Barthel scale may have obscured subsequent improvement but perhaps other factors were more important for these patients in determining their success.
Using the Barthel scale, a statistically significant difference was found only in the nonneurological group, with higher scores in the QG (p = 0.035) (Table 3).
In Poland, disability in performing life activities is assessed using the 100-point Barthel scale, where the score from 0 to 40 is a nation-wide criterion qualifying patients to long-term nursing-home care [4].
In Poland, long-term nursing-home care can be offered to patients who are functionally disabled in ADL at 0-40 points in the Barthel scale. The required range of points allows only patients with a considerable degree of difficulty or complete disability in basic life activities to benefit from this form of home care.
It was found that eight of the leasiest' ten items came from the Barthel scale. The two Barthel scale items not in the easiest 10 were stair climbing and bathing, and the two easiest Extended ADL items were Do you manage to feed yourself?' and Do you read newspapers or books?'.
Both Barthel scales are summed up, yielding scores between -325 and 100.