Table 2

The DOS Scale

The patient:


1

Dozes during conversation or activities

2

Is easy distracted by stimuli from the environment

3

Maintains attention to conversation or action

4

Does not finish question or answer

5

Gives answers which do not fit the question

6

Reacts slowly to instructions

7

Thinks to be somewhere else

8

Knows which part of the day it is

9

Remembers recent event

10

Is picking, disorderly, restless

11

Pulls IV tubes, feeding tubes, catheters etc.

12

Is easy or sudden emotional (frightened, angry, irritated)

13

Sees persons/things as somebody/something else


Never = 0 point; Sometimes or always = 1 point

Items 3, 8 and 9 are rated in reverse

Gemert van and Schuurmans BMC Nursing 2007 6:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-6-3

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