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Research Article  |   March 1993
Evaluating Activities of Daily Living: Directions for the Future
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Law, MSc, OT(C), is Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy and Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, and Research Associate, Occupational Therapy Department, Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Building 74, PO Box 2000, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Practice
Research Article   |   March 1993
Evaluating Activities of Daily Living: Directions for the Future
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1993, Vol. 47, 233-237. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.3.233
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1993, Vol. 47, 233-237. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.3.233
Abstract

Current assessments of simple activities of daily living (ADL) and more complex, instrumental activities of daily living (ADL) could be improved. These assessments are criticized because there are so many different tests for various diagnostic populations, because they rely on self-report rather than observation, because they are based on such varied conceptual frameworks, because they are often cumbersome and lengthy to administer, and because they often rely on outdated or specific cultural perspectives. Improvement of ADL and IADL assessment lies in making them more contextual and client specific, (i.e., by addressing clients’ needs in real-life contexts that consider roles, culture, varying environments, and developmental stage).