Online Course
The Barthel Index for Activities of Daily Living
Confidently measure functional disability using the Barthel Index

1-1.5 hour





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Stacy Schiurring
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Stacy has experience in multiple practice settings, with advanced training in neurological conditions, wound care, and pain management

The WTR Project aims to improve the rehabilitation system in Ukraine

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The Barthel Index is an ordinal scale that measures a person's ability to complete activities of daily living. Published in 1965, the original Index was created to measure disability in patients whose rehabilitation impairments affected the use of their limbs to complete activities of daily living. It has since undergone two modifications. All three versions are used today for both clinical practice and research purposes.

The Barthel Index is a quick and functional assessment tool that any member of the multidisciplinary team can complete via direct observation, reliable interview, or even relying on the assessor's clinical experience. This course will introduce the original Barthel Index and two modified versions of the original Index.


This course aims to introduce rehabilitation professionals to the Barthel Index.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the key features of the Barthel Index and the ten items it assesses
  • describe key differences between the original Barthel Index and the two modified 10-item versions
  • identify a patient's Barthel Index or Shah Modified Barthel Index score in a given case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Stacy Schiurring: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.