Disability Rating Scale

Disability Rating Scale (DRS)

Category

Item

Instructions

Score

Arousability, Awareness and Responsivity Eye Opening 0 = spontaneous  1 = to speech  2 = to pain  3 = none
Communication Ability 0 = oriented  1 = confused  2 = inappropriate  3 = incomprehensible
4 = none
Motor Response 0 = obeying  1 = localizing  2 = withdrawing  3 = flexing
4 = extending  5 = none
Cognitive Ability for Self Care Activities Feeding 0 = complete 1 = partial  2 = minimal  3 = none
Toileting 0 = complete  1 = partial  2 = minimal  3 = none
Grooming 0 = complete  1 = partial  2 = minimal  3 = none
Dependence on Others Level of Functioning 0 = completely independent  1 = independent in special environment
2 = mildly dependent  3 = moderately dependent
4 = markedly dependent  5 = totally dependent
Psychosocial Adaptability Employability 0 = not restricted  1 = selected jobs
2 = sheltered workshop (non-competitive)
3 = not employable
Total DR Score


Disability Categories

Total DR Score Level of Disability
0 None
1 Mild
2-3 Partial
4-6 Moderate
7-11 Moderately Severe
12-16 Severe
17-21 Extremely Severe
22-24 Vegetative State
25-29 Extreme Vegetative State

 

Scoring Instructions

Rappaport et al., (1982). Disability rating scale for severe head trauma patients:
coma to community. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 63: 118-123

 

 


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