Modified – Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (m-GAF)

Axis V is part of the DSM “multi-axial” system for assessment. The five axis model is designed to provide a comprehensive diagnosis that includes a complete picture of not just acute symptoms but of the entire scope of factors that account for a patient’s mental health. This page explains DSM Axis V Continue reading

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Social Functioning Scale

Social functioning as an outcome variable in family interventions with schizophrenic patients has been a relatively neglected area. The requirements of a scale of social functioning to measure the efficacy of family interventions include: the measurement of skill/behaviour relevant to the impairments and the demography of this group; the ability to yield considerable information with an economy of clinical time; Continue reading

Life Skills Profile (LSP)

The Life Skills Profile(LSP) was developed as a measure of those aspects of functioning (“life skills”) which affected how successfully people with schizophrenia lived in the community or hospital (Rosen et al. [1989]). As many of the skills are relevant in other major psychiatric disorders and in some organic conditions the LSP has been applied to a broad range of diagnoses.  Continue reading

Assessment of Occupational Functioning (AOF)

The assessment of occupational functioning (AOF) is a screening tool used to collect a broad range of information to influence a person’s occupational performance and to identify areas needing more in depth evaluation. Continue reading

Barthel Index

The Barthel scale or Barthel ADL index is an ordinal scale used to measure performance in activities of daily living (ADL). Each performance item is rated on this scale with a given number of points assigned to each level or ranking. Continue reading

Routine Task Inventory-Expanded (RTI-E)

Routine Task Inventory-Expanded (RTI-E) is an assessment of cognitive abilities in the context of routine daily activities. Developed by Claudia Allen in 1989 a manual was later developed by Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR, (Professor of Occupational Therapy at Hebrew University, Jerusalem) in order to encourage others to use this tool in clinical practice, and research. Continue reading

Brookvale Living Skills Assessment

The Brookvale Living Skills Assessment is a great functional assessment used in conjunction with ADL observation. It’s easy to administer with the ‘tick and flick’ form and simple questions. A useful addition is the time use pie graph, where the clinician will draw their daily time use in the first circle as an example and then the client will fill out how they use their day in the second circle.