The Guy's Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS)

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The Guy's Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS)

Postby CureOrBust » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:56 pm

This was the first I remember of hearing about this; searched here and found a reference to it for a study. And it appears you can even do it yourself. The link below actually leads to access to the full text which has the test and how to administer/score it as an appendix.

The Guy's Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS): a new disability measure for multiple sclerosis
Basil Sharrack
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Hodgkin Building, Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London, SE1 9RT, UK

Richard AC Hughes

Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Hodgkin Building, Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London, SE1 9RT, UK

A postal survey showed that the majority of 49 leading international neurologists involved with multiple sclerosis research felt that currently existing outcome measures for this illness were inadequate, and that there was a need for a new measure which should be patient orientated, multidimensional, and not biased towards any particular disability. The Guy's Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS) was subsequently devised as a simple and user-friendly clinical disability scale capable of embracing the whole range of disabilities which could be encountered in the course of multiple sclerosis. It has 12 separate categories which include cognition, mood, vision, speech, swallowing, upper limb function, lower limb function, bladder function, bowel function, sexual function, fatigue, and `others'. The GNDS was found to be acceptable to neurologists and patients, reliable, responsive, and valid as a measure of disability. The scale was also found to be valid when applied by non-neurologists, over the phone, or via a postal questionnaire.


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Just click on "Full Text" in the top right to access the whole document.
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