Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS) is a tool for monitoring the progression of disability in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disadvantage of ALSFRS is that its rating of the bulbar functions and limb functionality is overweighted compared to the rating of respiratory dysfunction.
A revised ALS functional rating scale (ALSFRS-R) retains the properties of the original scale, while demonstrating a valid structure and internal weighting.
The revised ALS functional rating scale (ALSFRS-R) is useful for physicians and scientists to diagnose patients, track disease progression, study and compare the results of different ALS treatment regimens in clinical trials.
ALSFRS-R includes 12 questions scored from 0 to 4. 0 means no function, whereas 4 means full functionality.
Posted: version of May 2015.