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What it measures:

The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) is a standardized measure of central nervous system function in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS).1 The test, which includes a neurological examination, must be administered by a trained examiner, usually a neurologist.2

Target Population:

Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Clinical Insights

EDSS is the most popular way of measuring MS-related disease outcomes in clinical trials and other research studies3 and also remains important in clinical assessment.2 Although not applicable for use as an outcome measure in physical therapy care, clinicians can use the EDSS score to inform treatment planning and facilitate interprofessional communication.

The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Multiple Sclerosis Task Force has recommended physical therapy outcome measures for people with MS.

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