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Karnofsky Performance Status

"Karnofsky Performance Status" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A performance measure for rating the ability of a person to perform usual activities, evaluating a patient's progress after a therapeutic procedure, and determining a patient's suitability for therapy. It is used most commonly in the prognosis of cancer therapy, usually after chemotherapy and customarily administered before and after therapy. It was named for Dr. David A. Karnofsky, an American specialist in cancer chemotherapy.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Karnofsky Performance Status" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Karnofsky Performance Status" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 112 publications over 25 distinct years, with a maximum of 11 publications in 2017
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