The Canadian Movement Disorder Group
Clinic Tools / Rating Scales




General Rating Scale Links

NIH Common Disease Elements - Parkinson Disease

Movement Disorder Society Link to Rating Scales

The scales on the linked page are owned and licensed by MDS. Permissions for industry or clinical use of the MDS-developed rating scales are available from MDS International Secretariat by clicking on the "Scale Permissions Form".

The adjacent link to "The Lundbeck Institute" includes descriptions of and references to central scales used in psychiatry and neurology as well as an introduction to the topic of rating scales.



Activities of Daily Living Scales

Schwab and England

Katz and Lawton Scales


Parkinson's Disease Rating Scales



Hoehn and Yahr Scale





Note: this is an open link to a Movement Disorder Society webpage. Permission is required to use the MDS-developed Rating Scales (with the exception of personal/individual use). Reproduction, translation, modification, sale, or distribution of any portion of the MDS Rating Scales is strictly prohibited. MDS Rating Scales may not be incorporated into clinical trials, training or certification programs or materials, software programs, or otherwise except through use of the "Permissions Request Form" and payment of applicable fees

MDS-UPDRS training program:



Non Motor Symptom Review - see last page for the Questionnaire

PD-NM-QUEST kinson_Disease.pdf

Parkinson Daily Diary - For recording hourly motor fluctuations

Huntington's Disease Rating Scale

Unified Huntington's Disease Rating Scale - UHDRS

Original Reference:


Tremor Rating Scales

TETRAS: The Essential Tremor Rating Assessment Scale

Fahn-Tolosa-Marin Tremor Scale


Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Rating Scale

MSA rating scale


Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Rating Scale

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Rating Scale and Staging System


Dystonia Rating Scale

Global Dystonia Rating Scale

Original Reference: Rating Scales for Dystonia: A Multicenter Assessment. Cynthia L. Comella, MD, Sue Leurgans, PhD, Joanne Wuu, ScM, Glenn T. Stebbins, PhD,Teresa Chmura, BA and The Dystonia Study Group. Movement Disorders. Vol. 18, No. 3, 2003, pp. 303312


Functional Movement Disorder Rating Scale

PMD scale

Original reference: Hinson VK, Cubo E, Comella CL, Goetz CG, Leurgans S, Rating Scale for Psychogenic Movement Disorders:Scale Development and Clinimetric Testing. Movement Disorders. Vol. 20, No. 12, 2005, pp. 15921597


Drug Induced Movement Disorder Scales

Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale


This scale documents the severity of tardive dyskinesia in patients on psychiatric (neuroleptic) medication.


The link is to information provided by "The Center for Quality Assessment and Improvement in Mental Health" (CQAIMH)

The Drug-Induced Extrapyramidal Symptoms Scale - DIEPPS

Original Reference: Abstract: Kim JH et al.  Metric characteristics of the drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms scale (DIEPSS): a practical combined rating scale for drug-induced movement disorders.Mov disord. 2002 Nov;17(6):1354-9.

Drug Induced Akathisia Scale


Sleep and Sleepiness Scales

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Parkinson's Disease Sleep Scale - PDSS







Depression Scales

Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)

This is a 17 item clinician administered semi-structured interview that assesses both recent symptoms and those from prior episodes.

Original Reference: Hamilton, M. (1960).  The Hamilton depression rating scale: A rating scale for depression.  Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 23, 56-62.

The HDR is not protected by copyright. Thus there is no individual or agency that takes responsibility for the results obtained with this test or this form.

Geriatric Depression Scale

This scale was developed as a basic screening measure for depression in older adults.

Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II)

21-item self-report questionnaire which measures the degree to which an individual has been experiencing a variety of depressive symptoms over the course of the previous two weeks.

Original References:

Beck, A. T., Ward, C. H., Mendelson, M., Mock, J. & Erbaugh, J. (1961). An inventory for measuring depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 4, 561-571

Beck, A., Steer, R., & Garbin, M. (1988).  Psychometric properties of the Beck Depression Inventory twenty-five years of evaluation.Beck, A., Steer, R., & Brown, G. (1996). 

Manual for Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II).  Psychology Corporation: San Antonio, TX

This scale is intended for use by licensed professionals only and is copyrighted by the Psychological Corporation and available for purchase from Psychological Corporation cs__MA_Center_for_Sudden_Infant_Death_Syndrome__SIDS_/Beck-Depression-Inventory-BDI.pdf

Memory Rating Scales

MMSE - Mini Mental Status Exam

MOCA test - Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test


Caregiver Stress Scales

The Multidimensional Caregiver Strain Index

Zarit Burden Interview


Impulse Control Scales


Questionnaire for Impulsive-Compulsive Disorders in Parkinson's Disease (QUIP)


Timed up and go test (TUG)


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