Development of a Barthel Index based on dyspnea for patients with respiratory diseases

  • Michele Vitacca, Mara Paneroni, Paola Baiardi, Vito De Carolis, Elisabetta Zampogna, Stefano Belli, Mauro Carone, Antonio Spanevelo, Bruno Balbi, Giorgio Giorgio Bertolotti
  • International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, June 2016, Dove Medical Press
  • DOI: 10.2147/copd.s104376

A tool for dyspnea assessment: Barthel Index dyspnea.

What is it about?

As Barthel Index (BI) quantifies motor impairment but not breathlessness, the use of only this index could underestimate disability in chronic respiratory disease (CRD). To our knowledge, no study evaluates both motor and respiratory disability in CRD during activities of daily living (ADLs) simultaneously and with a unique tool. The objective of this study was to propose for patients with CRD an additional tool for dyspnea assessment during ADLs based on BI items named Barthel Index dyspnea.


Dr Giorgio Bertolotti
ICS Maugeri

A unique instrument (BI and BI_Dsimultaneously administered may provide a global assessment of disability during ADLs incorporating both motor and respiratory aspects.

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