Canadian Neurological Scale (CNS) Evaluation Summary
|What does the tool measure?||The CNS measures neurological status.|
|What types of clients can the tool be used for?||Patients with stroke in the acute phase who are either alert or drowsy.|
|Is this a screening or assessment tool?||Assessment|
|Time to administer||Approximately 5 to 10 minutes.|
|Versions||There are no alternative versions reported.|
|Other Languages||No information reported.|
– One study examined the internal consistency of the CNS and reported excellent internal consistency.
– One study evaluated the concurrent validity of the CNS and found excellent concurrent validity between the CNS and global neurological examination.
|Floor/Ceiling Effects||Floor/ceiling effects have not yet been examined.|
|Does the tool detect change in patients?||The CNS can be used to monitor change in neurological status in patients with acute stroke.|
|Acceptability||The CNS is short and simple. Patient burden associated with its use should be minimal.|
|Feasibility||A trained healthcare professional should administer the CNS. It may be used both prospectively and retrospectively.|
|How to obtain the tool?||The CNS is available to download free of charge on the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario website: