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Resource Utilisation Groups—Activities of Daily Living

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
Synonymous names:Help on this termRUG-ADL
METeOR identifier:Help on this term495909
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 04/04/2014
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012
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An assessment of patient motor function.

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The Resource Utilisation GroupsActivities of Daily Living (RUG-ADL) scale measures the motor function of a patient for four activities of daily living.

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RUG-ADL is a four-item scale measuring patient motor function for activities of daily living including:

  • Bed mobility
  • Toileting
  • Transfers
  • Eating

The scoring scale for bed mobility, toileting and transfers is:

1 - Independent or supervision only

3 - Limited physical assistance

4 - Other than two person physical assist

5 - Two or more person physical assist

Note: A score of 2 is not valid for bed mobility, toileting and transfer items.


The scoring scale for eating is:

1 - Independent or supervision only

2 - Limited assistance

3 - Extensive assistance/total dependence/tube fed

The total RUG-ADL score (the sum of the individual scale items) will be a value between 4 and 18.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Origin:Help on this term

Fries BE, Schneider DP et al. 1994. Refining a casemix measure for nursing homes. Resource Utilisation Groups (RUG-III). Medical Care 32:668-685.

Reference documents:Help on this term

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration Assessment Toolkit. Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration, University of Wollongong, Wollongong. Viewed 19 September 2012, http://ahsri.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@chsd/@pcoc/
documents/doc/uow129133.pdf

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