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Team Use of the Global Assessment Scale for Inpatient Planning and Evaluation
Thomas L. Kuhlman; Virginia A. Sincaban; Michael J. Bernstein
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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The authors thank Betty Havlik for her help in implementing and maintaining the team GAS system.

Hennepin County Mental Health Centen, 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415, The Psychology Faculty at Augsbung College in Minneapolis

Adult Assessment and Treatment Service

Forensic Rehabilitation Unit at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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A cost-effective team adaptation of the Global Assessment Scale (GAS) is used on the admitting ward of a state hospital. At admission staff meetings and at weekly progress review meetings, each member of the multidisciplinary team independently provides a GAS rating for each patient. The mean of each set of ratings becomes the patient's current team GAS score. The scores for individual patients, the changes in the scores over time, and the average scores for the ward offer a method for objectively expressing the patients' levels of functioning. Reliability and validity data supporting the method are reported. The team GAS format serves planning, evaluation, and research functions for individual patients and for the ward as a whole.

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