12. Index of ADL

Med Care. 1976 May;14(5 Suppl):116-8. doi: 10.1097/00005650-197605001-00018.


The Index of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) encompasses six basic human functions: bathing, dressing, toileting, transfer, continence, and feeding. It provides an objective method of classifying heterogeneous groups of people with chronic illnesses, disabilities and impairments, and of describing their health needs and outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Animals
  • Baths
  • Chronic Disease
  • Defecation
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Grooming
  • Humans
  • Urination