Purpose of the measure
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was developed to describe the depth and duration of impaired consciousness or coma. In this measure, three aspects of behaviour are independently measured: motor responsiveness, verbal performance, and eye opening. The GCS can be used with individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, non-traumatic coma, cardiac arrest, and toxic ingestions.
Author*: Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Evidence reviewed as of before 29-09-2008