health measurement scales

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Health is multifaceted, and to measure each facet objectively is a daunting task. Specific measurement scales are available to assess mobility, ability to dress, wash, negotiate stairs, shop for essentials, etc., using, for instance, the activities of daily living (ADL) scale; other measurement scales assess neurological and mental status, with questions and tests of memory, mood, emotional status, usually by means of ordinal or nominal scales on a survey instrument. All such scales recognize that “health” is not directly measurable.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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