An evaluation of the reliability and sensitivity of the London Chest Activity of Daily Living Scale (LCADL)

Respir Med. 2002 Sep;96(9):725-30. doi: 10.1053/rmed.2002.1338.


We have previously reported the validity of a new assessment tool; the London Chest Activity of Daily Living Scale (LCADL). This work investigates the reliability and responsiveness of that measure. Reliability was assessed in 19 patients with stable severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); median age (range) 66 (55-79) years, FEV1 mean (SD) 0.91 (0.29) l, by test-retest 4 weeks apart. Responsiveness was assessed in 59 patients; median age (range) 66 (38-84) years, FEV1 mean (SD) 0.87 (0.30) l, who had undergone at least 6 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation. Test-retest scores of the LCADL showed a strong relationship with one another, Intraclass correlation coefficient Icc=0.93 95%CI (0.82-0.97) demonstrating evidence of good reliability. With the exception of the Domestic component, all domains of the LCADL showed a statistically significant reduction in dyspnoea during ADLs after pulmonary rehabilitation. There was a statistically significant improvement in the total LCADL score (mean difference (95% CI) -5.91 (from -9.23 to -2.60) after rehabilitation. These data support the use of the LCADL as an outcome measure in COPD which is valid, reliable and responsive to change.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dyspnea / diagnosis*
  • Dyspnea / physiopathology
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / physiopathology*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*