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AIMS: Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale

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AIMS: Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale

Post  Admin on Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:20 pm

Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS)



Dr. Jay Pomerantz demonstrates each step of the AIMS procedure in this educational video:
http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/e1/uds/pd/10203567001/10203567001_2324667023001_Instructional-Video-For-AIMS-Scale.mp4

CODE:
0 = None
1 = Minimal, may be extreme normal
2 = Mild
3 = Moderate
4 - Severe

MOVEMENT RATINGS: Rate highest severity observed. Rate movements that occur upon activation one less than those observed
spontaneously.


 Facial and Oral
Movements  
 1. Muscles of Facial Expression
e.g. movements of forehead, eyebrows
periorbital area, cheeks, including frowning
blinking, smiling, grimacing  
0 1 2 3 4
 2. Lips and Perioral Area
e.g., puckering, pouting, smacking  
0 1 2 3 4
 3. Jaw e.g. biting, clenching, chewing, mouth
opening, lateral movement  
0 1 2 3 4
 4. Tongue Rate only increases in movement
both in and out of mouth. NOT inability to
sustain movement. Darting in and out of
mouth.  
0 1 2 3 4
 Extremity
Movements  
 5. Upper (arms, wrists,, hands, fingers)
Include choreic movements (i.e., rapid,
objectively purposeless, irregular,
spontaneous) athetoid movements (i.e., slow,
irregular, complex, serpentine). DO NOT
INCLUDE TREMOR (i.e., repetitive,
regular, rhythmic)  
0 1 2 3 4
6. Lower (legs, knees, ankles, toes)
e.g., lateral knee movement, foot tapping,
heel dropping, foot squirming, inversion and
eversion of foot.
0 1 2 3 4
 Trunk
Movements  
 7. Neck, shoulders, hips e.g., rocking,
twisting, squirming, pelvic gyrations  
0 1 2 3 4
 Global Judgments    8. Severity of abnormal movements overall  0 1 2 3 4
 9. Incapacitation due to abnormal
movements  
0 1 2 3 4
 10. Patient’s awareness of abnormal
movements. Rate only patient’s report
No awareness 0
Aware, no distress 1
Aware, mild distress 2
Aware, moderate distress 3
Aware, severe distress 4  
0 1 2 3 4
 Dental Status    11. Current problems with teeth and/or
dentures  
No Yes
 12. Are dentures usually worn?  No Yes
 13. Edentia?  No Yes
 14. Do movements disappear in sleep?  No Yes



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