Figure 157

Karnofsky scores in rehabilitation. Graphic depiction of rehabilitation in diabetic patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) as judged by Karnofsky scores. Few diabetic patients receiving hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis muster the strength to resume fulltime employment or other gainful activities. Originally devised for use by oncologists, the Karnofsky score is a reproducible, simple means of evaluating chronic illness from any cause. A score below 60 indicates marginal function and failed rehabilitation.

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