Functional Assessment

Barbara B. Cochrane, PhD, RN

Professor; Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging
School of Nursing
University of Washington

 Learning Objectives


By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Explain the differences among activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and physical performance.
  • Identify at least one way that ADLs, IADLs, and physical performance can be assessed and whether the assessments are subjective or objective.
  • Describe risk factors for and potential outcomes of functional decline in older adults.

[From the Winter 2020 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]