Older Americans Resources and Services (OARS)

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OARS Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire assesses level of functioning in five areas: social and economic resources, mental and physical health, activities of daily living (ADL). Validity and reliability of each area have been ascertained. OARS also determines extent of use of and need for 24 generically defined services. Greatest demand has been for the OARS ADL/IADL section and for the comorbidity assessment. New evaluation of the latter is currently underway. OARS is widely used nationally and internationally at levels ranging from clinical evaluation to population surveys.

Web site and access information: http://www.geri.duke.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14... or http://www.geri.duke.edu (click on Services, click on Older Americans Resources and Services)

Languages: English, Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, German (Austria, Germany), Greek, Italian, Korean, Malay, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Castilian), Swedish. Sections in French. Instrumental ADL in Japanese, Vietnamese.

Primary reference:

Fillenbaum, G.G. Multidimensional functional assessment of older adults: The Duke Older Americans Resources and Services Procedures. Erlbaum, Hillsdale, N.J., 1988; updated 1996 (available only from Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710).