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Karnofsky Performance Status Assessment: resident versus attending.
BACKGROUNDKarnofsky Performance Status (KPS) is a commonly used scale to assess a patient's functional status.
METHODSBetween 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.
RESULTSBoth 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.
CONCLUSIONKPS scoring by radiation oncology attending physicians is similar to that by resident physicians.
Aged, 80 and over
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Internship and Residency
Karnofsky Performance Status
Medical Staff, Hospital
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity
Pub Type(s)Comparative Study