How is the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) used to determine outcomes for traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

Updated: Feb 01, 2018
  • Author: Percival H Pangilinan, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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The GOS is a scoring system commonly used to rate outcomes after TBI (Table 4). [13]

Table 5. Glasgow Outcome Scale (Open Table in a new window)

Score

Rating

Definition

1

Dead

Nonsurvival

2

Persistent vegetative

Minimal responsiveness

3

Severe disability

Conscious but disabled; dependent on others for daily support

4

Moderate disability

Disabled but independent; can work in sheltered setting

5

Good recovery

Resumption of normal life despite minor deficits

Source—Jennett and Bond, 1975. [13]


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