How is the Disability Rating Scale (DRS) used to determine outcomes for traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

Updated: Mar 02, 2020
  • Author: Percival H Pangilinan, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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The DRS (see the image below) is intended to accurately measure general functional changes over the course of recovery after TBI, where a score of 0 indicates no disability and 29 indicates an extreme vegetative state. [78] The DRS includes 8 items, including the GCS score and disability and return-to-work measures.

Disability Rating Scale (DRS). Disability Rating Scale (DRS).

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