Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

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, nontraumatic 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

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools, tests or interventions
presented in StrokEngine-assessment.