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Karnofsky Performance Status Assessment: resident versus attending.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) is a commonly used scale to assess a patient's functional status.
METHODS
Between September 1999 and March 2000, 117 patients were independently evaluated and assigned KPS scores by both an attending physician and a resident physician at the time of radiation therapy simulation.
RESULTS
Both attending and resident median assigned KPS score was 80. Attending and resident KPS scores were identical for 50 patients (43%). When KPS scores differed, this difference was of the smallest incremental value (10 points) in 50 patients (75%). The Pearson correlation coefficient is 0.85, significant at the 0.01 level.
CONCLUSION
KPS scoring by radiation oncology attending physicians is similar to that by resident physicians.

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  • Authors

    Liem BJ, Holland JM, Kang MY, Hoffelt SC, Marquez CM

    Institution

    Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Radiation Oncology, Portland, USA.

    Source

    Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 17:3 2002 pg 138-41

    MeSH

    Adult
    Aged
    Aged, 80 and over
    Clinical Competence
    Evaluation Studies as Topic
    Female
    Humans
    Internship and Residency
    Karnofsky Performance Status
    Male
    Medical Staff, Hospital
    Middle Aged
    Patient Simulation
    Radiation Oncology
    Radiotherapy
    Reproducibility of Results
    Sensitivity and Specificity

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    12243218