Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS-42)

The DASS is a 42-item questionnaire which includes three self-report scales designed to measure the negative emotional states of depression, anxiety and stress. Each of the three scales contains 14 items, divided into subscales of 2-5 items with similar content. The Depression scale assesses dysphoria, hopelessness, devaluation of life, self-deprecation, lack of interest/involvement, anhedonia, and inertia. Continue reading

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Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety

Type of Tool: Diagnostic
Repeatability: Repeatable by Clinician’s Judgment
Description: The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale is designed to quantify the severity of anxiety symptoms and to assess the response to therapeutic interventions. It is a 14-item, clinician-administered instrument that measures current anxiety symptoms. The scales’ items measure: anxious mood, tension, fears, insomnia, intellectual impairment, depressed mood, somatic muscular and sensory complaints, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal symptoms, genitourinary symptoms, autonomic symptoms, and patient’s behavior at interview.  Continue reading

Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)

The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) is a multiple choice questionnaire that clinicians may use to rate the severity of a patient’s major depression. The questionnaire, which is designed for adult patients and is in the public domain, rates the severity of symptoms observed in depression such as low mood, insomnia, agitation, anxiety and weight loss. It is presently one of the most commonly used scales for rating depression in medical research. Continue reading

Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI)

The Stages of Recovery Instrument  (STORI) was developed by the University of Wollongong, Australia, as a method to measure recovery from serious mental illness.

In order to realize the vision of recovery-orientated mental health services, there is a need for a model and a method of measuring recovery as the concept is described by mental health consumers. A preliminary five-stage model based on consumer accounts was developed in an earlier study by the authors. This next stage of the research program describes the development and initial testing of a stage measure which, when validated, can be used in testing that model. Continue reading
Florey Occupational Role-Screening Interview

Florey Occupational Role-Screening Interview

Developed by Linda L. Florey, M.A. , OTR, Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services, Child Division, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute , Los Angeles.

                                                     Image from: University of Southern California – OT dept site

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Allen’s Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS)

Allen’s Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS)

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http://www.allencognitivelevelscreen.org

The screen consists of learning three visual-motor tasks (leather-lacing stitches) with increasingly complex activity demands. Completion of the three tasks requires that the person attend to, understand, and use sensory and motor cues from the material objects (leather, lace, and needles), the administrator’s verbal and demonstrated instructions and cues, and feedback from motor actions while making the stitches. The scores obtained are interpreted using the Allen Cognitive Scale of levels and modes of performance. The screen is available in two forms: the standard Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) and a larger form (LACLS) for persons with vision or hand function problems. Continue reading

Occupational Therapy Functional Report Proforma

This Occupational Therapy Functional Report Proforma is something that I designed about 4 years ago for my personal use as I was finding the current proforma’s less then comprehensive. The proforma is based around the Occupational Performance Model of Australia. Its easily modified should the need arise and results from any additional assessments (i.e. cognitive or sensory) can easily be added into it. Continue reading