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Prognostic significance of the modified Barthel index in elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Published:February 07, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2020.01.021
      The modified Barthel index (mBI) is widely used to measure performance in activities in daily living (ADL), especially in elderly patients [
      • Mahoney F.I.
      • Barthel D.W.
      Functional evaluation: the Barthel index.
      ]. It consists of the following 10 items: feeding, personal hygiene (grooming), bathing, dressing, toilet transfer, bladder control, bowel control, chair/bed transfers, stair climbing, and ambulation. The total score ranges from 0 to 20. The mBI has been studied in several different diseases and found to be correlated with the prognosis [
      • Bennett M.
      • Ryall Nicola
      Using the modified Barthel index to estimate survival in cancer patients in hospice: observational study.
      ]. However, the prognostic role of mBI in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is still unknown. The study aims evaluated the predictive role of the mBI in elderly patients with DLBCL.
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