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Physical Disability and Handicap

Ian McDowell

in Measuring Health

Third edition

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195165678
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165678.003.0003
Physical Disability and Handicap

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There are many scales to measure physical disability and functional capacity. These range from measures of bodily impairment, to measures of ability to perform basic daily tasks, up to measures of handicap, or the social disadvantage that results indirectly from a health problem. This chapter reviews scales of each type.

Keywords: physical disability; functional capacity; bodily impairment; daily tasks; handicap; scales

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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