Journal:Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):12, 27, 6, 449-451
Article provides an overview of the Disability Rating Scale (DRS), an 8-item instrument designed to measure changes in recovery in adults with traumatic brain injury, where total scores are meant to reflect a level of disability. Higher scores represent higher disability. The 8 items measured in the DRS are: (1) eye opening, (2) communication ability, (3) motor response, (4) cognitive ability to feed, (5) cognitive ability to toilet, (6) cognitive ability to groom, (7) overall level of functioning, and (8) employability. The psychometric properties, historical uses, and recent developments in the use of the DRS are discussed.