Activities of Daily Living


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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

105 Minutes

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Activity Description

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are essential and routine tasks that most young, healthy individuals can perform without assistance. The inability to accomplish essential activities of daily living may lead to unsafe conditions and poor quality of life. The healthcare team should be aware of the importance of assessing ADL in patients to help ensure that patients who require assistance and are identified. This activity details the activities of daily living and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in assessing ADLs to enhance patient care and management.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the six essential activities of daily living and know the instrumental activities of daily living and the impact of patient functioning.
  • Summarize causes of limitation in activities of daily living and decline in activities of daily living.
  • Review the commonly used instruments for measuring the basic and instrumental activities of daily living.
  • Explain the role of the interprofessional team in managing and assessing patients with limited activities of daily living.


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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been jointly planned and implemented by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® and StatPearls. Continuing Education, Inc, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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