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

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

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

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

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

Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination Revised (ACE-R)

The diagnostic accuracy of Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE) as a brief ‘bedside’ cognitive screening instrument has led to its widespread adoption. Nonetheless, certain weaknesses have been identified in the ACE, prompting the development of the Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination-Revised (ACE-R). The ACE-R has been reported to have excellent sensitivities and specificities (>0.8) for the diagnosis of dementia at cut-off scores of 88/100 and 82/100 in the setting of a university hospital clinic.

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