1st Edition

A Compendium of Tests, Scales and Questionnaires The Practitioner's Guide to Measuring Outcomes after Acquired Brain Impairment

By Robyn L. Tate Copyright 2010
    768 Pages
    by Psychology Press

    This Compendium is a comprehensive reference manual containing an extensive selection of instruments developed to measure signs and symptoms commonly encountered in neurological conditions, both progressive and non-progressive. It provides a repository of established instruments, as well as newly-developed scales, and covers all aspects of the functional consequences of acquired brain impairment.

    In particular, the text provides a detailed review of approximately 150 specialist instruments for the assessment of people with neurological conditions such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Part A presents scales examining body functions, including consciousness and orientation; general and specific cognitive functions; regulation of behaviour, thought, and emotion; and motor-sensory functions. Part B reviews scales of daily living activities and community participation. Part C focuses on contextual factors, specifically environmental issues, and Part D contains multidimensional and quality of life instruments.

    Each instrument is described in a stand-alone report using a uniform format. A brief history of the instrument's development is provided, along with a description of item content and administration/scoring procedures. Psychometric properties are reviewed and a critical commentary is provided. Key references are cited and in most cases the actual scale is included, giving the reader easy access to the instrument. The structure of the book directly maps onto the taxonomy of the influential International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (World Health Organization, 2001), enabling linkage of clinical concepts across health conditions.

    The Compendium will be a valuable reference for clinicians, researchers, educators, and graduate students, and a practical resource for those involved in the assessment of people with brain impairment.

    The book is accompanied by a password protected website. For a one-off payment, purchasers of the book can gain online access to the majority of the tests, scales and questionnaires featured in the book as downloadable PDFs. See inside the book for more details.

    1. Introduction  Part A: Body Functions.  2. Scales of Consciousness and Orientation  3. Scales of General Cognitive Functions  4. Scales of Specific Cognitive Functions  5. Scales Assessing the Regulation of Behaviour, Thought, and Emotion  6. Scales of Sensory, Ingestion and Motor Functions.  Part B: Activities and Participation  7.  Scales of Activities of Daily Living  8. Scales of Participation and Social Role  Part C: Contextual Factors  9. Scales of Environmental Factors  Part D: Multi-Domain  10. Global and Multidimensional Scales


    Dr Robyn Tate is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with more than 30 years of clinical and research experience. Her primary field of expertise is the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury. She is currently Professor in the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia where, in addition to her own clinical and research work, she is involved in the teaching and research supervision of post-graduate medical and psychology students. She is also the founding co-editor of Brain Impairment, the official journal of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment.


    "The compendium is written in a clear and concise manner, rendering it a user-friendly, quick reference guide. The easy to follow structure and clear language make it accessible and useful for health professionals across different settings who might have limited access to bibliographic databases or limited time to conduct a thorough search for appropriate measures. ... It is one of those books that will not just sit on the shelf but will be consulted often and for diverse reasons." – Theodore Tsaousides, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

    "No, this isn’t a dream – just a dream of a book. ... The volume remains highly accessible, with the scales and the domains they are intended to cover very easy to locate using the Table of Contents and several helpful indexes. ... A Compendium of Tests, Scales and Questionnaires is an instant classic, a ‘must-have’ for the library of every professional working in neurorehabilitation." – Tessa Hart, Moss Rehabilitation Institute, Elkins Park, PA, USA, in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

    "For the dedicated scale user, meaning some cognitive neurologists, [A Compendium of Tests, Scales, and Questionnaires] is an extremely valuable and desirable addition to the library ... and many neurorehabilitationists will also want to have access to this book as well." – A.J. Larner, Cognitive Function Clinic, WCNN, Liverpool, UK, in Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation

    "Dr Tate and her team are to be congratulated on this immense work. The labor of love that must have gone into producing this outstanding work is to be admired. ... The compendium is an absolute joy to use, and will be of immense help to both health professionals and their patients, in objectively assessing and monitoring change and recovery over time. I believe that this compendium deserves to be on the shelf of every lead clinician and researcher involved in the care and rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain damage." – Eli Jaldow, Consultant Neuropsychologist, St Thomas’s NHS Trust, London, in The International Journal of Psychogeriatrics

    "Attention, brain injury researchers and clinicians! This unique compilation is a must-have for your bookshelf, as it brings order to the chaos wrought by the explosion of scales in this area. Professor Tate’s judiciously- and meticulously-selected collection of assessment instruments offers an optimal blend of comprehensiveness, brevity and detail required to help you quickly identify the measures you need. " – Bruce Caplan, Senior Editor, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and Private Practitioner in Wynnewood, PA, USA

    "This is a book that all neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists should have on their bookshelves - and within easy reach! Other professions, particularly occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation doctors and neurologists will also find it extremely useful. I believe it will prove to be a classic. To have all this information to hand in one volume is a treat and I am sure I will not be the only psychologist who will be referring to this treasure very frequently." – Barbara Wilson, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

    "The time consuming hunt to identify and understand the pros and cons of available outcome measures is over. Dr. Tate has compiled a comprehensive, scholarly, and eminently useful guide to help clinicians select screening tests, rating scales and questionnaires matched to their clinical needs. This book will be one of the most well used resources by clinicians concerned with documenting and measuring neurologically-based impairments." – McKay Moore Sohlberg, Professor Communication Disorders & Sciences at University of Oregon, USA and Author of Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrated Neuropsychological Approach

    "Tate’s Compendium is an extraordinary and comprehensive work.  Concise syntheses of each measure’s psychometric qualities, utility, applications, and clear linkages to the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) greatly facilitate comparison and selection of measures. This landmark volume will find a welcome home on the shelf of any student, clinician, or researcher involved in the assessment of the sequelae of acquired brain disorders." – James F. Malec, Research Director, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, USA and Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic

    "Tate has identified the relevant information on a huge number of scales to save us much of the work and for that we should be extremely grateful. The book is an incredibly useful resource. I am sure clinicians, therapists and researchers working in the field of acquired brain injury will consult this book frequently - I know I will." – Jonathan Evans, Professor of Applied Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow, UK

    "With this book, Professor Tate is not only providing an incredibly valuable service in creating a compendium of what measures are currently available; she has also done much of the ground work for improving evidence-based practice for the future." – Huw Williams, Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Exeter, UK