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, 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

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