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Brief Agitation Rating Scale (BARS) for Nursing Home Patients

Purpose:

To quickly assess the behavior of a nursing home resident using the Behavior Agitation Rating Scale (BARS).

Specialty:

Psychiatry

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

F30-F39

Description:

Finekl et al developed the Brief Agitation Rating Scale (BARS) to allow for nurses and other caregivers in a nursing home to rapidly assess the level of agitation in a patient. It was developed as a subset of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI). The authors are from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

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