Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976 Jun;33(6):766-71.

The global assessment scale. A procedure for measuring overall severity of psychiatric disturbance.

Abstract

The Global Assessment Scale (GAS) is a rating scale for evaluating the overall functioning of a subject during a specified time period on a continuum from psychological or psychiatric sickness to health. In five studies encompassing the range of population to which measures of overall severity of illness are likely to be applied, the GAS was found to have good reliability. GAS ratings were found to have a greater sensitivity to change over time than did other ratings of overall severity or specific symptom dimensions. Former inpatients in the community with a GAS rating below 40 had a higher probability of readmission to the hospital than did patients with higher GAS scores. The relative simplicity, reliability, and validity of the GAS suggests that it would be useful in a wide variety of clinical and research settings.

PMID:
938196
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Silverchair Information Systems
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk