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Appendix 2: Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

Palliative Performance Scale

Percentage

Ambulation

Activity % Evidence of Disease

Self-Care

Intake

Conscience Level

100

Full

Normal activity & work. No evidence

Full

Normal

Full

90

Full

Normal activity & work. Some evidence

Full

Normal

Full

80

Full

Normal activity with effort, Some evidence

Full

Normal or reduced

Full

70

Reduced

Unable to do normal job/work, Signgificant disease

Full

Normal or reduced

Full

60

Reduced

Unable to do hobby/house work, Significant disease

Occasional assistance
necessary

Normal or reduced

Full or Confusion

50

Mainly sit/lie

Unable to Do Any Work
Extensive Disease

Considerable assistance
necessary

Normal or reduced

Full or Confusion

40

Mainly in bed

Unable to Most Activity
Extensive Disease

Mainly assistance

Normal or reduced

Full or Drowsy +/- Confusion

30

Total Bed

Unable to Do Any Activity
Extensive Disease

Total care

Normal or reduced

Full or Drowsy +/- Confusion

20

Totally Bed Bound

Unable to Do Any Activity
Extensive Disease

Total care

Minimal to Sips

Full or Drowsy +/- Confusion

10

Totally Bed Bound

Unable to Do Any Activity
Extensive Disease

Total care

Mouth Care Only

Drowsy or Coma +/- Confusion

Source: Anderson, Fern et al. (1996) Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) a new tool. Journal of Palliative Care 12(1), 5-11
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