Modified Rankin Scale Training and Certification

This program has been specifically designed and developed for the educational benefit of the healthcare provider. Physicians, nurses and first responders may benefit from the training component of this program in order to be familiar with the Rankin Scale mRS. Additional certification also provides clinicians with documentation of competency for regulatory purposes.

FREE - Training Component

THE ON DEMAND TRAINING COMPONENT OF THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND CAN BE IMMEDIATELY ACCESSED AS SOON AS YOU LOGIN IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED OR CREATE YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME. The program can be used by any healthcare provider in order to sharpen your skills on the use of the Rankin Scale. (See detail information on 'How this program works' from the link on the right hand menu).

Beginning in October 2012 the Modified Rankin measure became a required field in Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke. Assessors are encouraged but not required to be certified. The Modified Rankin may be performed by any clinical staff member trained to do so.

To become certified in the Modified Rankin Scale you must register to take the certification test. You will find the program under the 'Product Catalog' link.

Testing and Certification Test Groups can be accessed from the product catalog link.

Certification of successful training will depend on correct completion of all 9 further scenarios under ‘test’ conditions (60 minutes). You will have 3 attempts to score all patients correct before additional proctoring may be required. Once additional proctoring is completed you will then continue with additional attempts accordingly. Certification lasts for 2 years, after which re-certification is recommended using different scenarios which directly apply to clinical as well as research practices. Additional material may be available for future re-certification purposes.

You must score all case patients correctly in order to receive certification!

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: During the certification process you will have 3 attempts to score all patients correct before additional proctoring may be required.

Global Standardization Methodology for the (mRS) Modified Rankin Scale Program

Healthcare providers required to certify in use of the modified Rankin Scale often participate in several projects, running across institutions and geographical areas. Providers may each have different employees and may also work at different facilities. It is important that the arrangements for certification remain consistent between, institutions, investigators, hospitals and healthcare organizations who may be required to become proficient in the use of this diagnostic instrument. The mature standardization and the harmonization of this program ensures that certificates in existence were based on a common, validated, harmonized and standardized approach in order to have consistent inter-rater-reliability across individual healthcare providers and geographical areas. Using a scientific approach, the training and certification materials on for the modified Rankin Scale program are constantly monitored and updated as necessary to ensure maintain validity.

Certification Program Objectives

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

• Understand differences and conflicts between functional grades awarded to patients

• Have observed interviews of patients representing a range of functional outcomes

• Have demonstrated competence under controlled circumstancesin applying a score to patients, which is consistent with the scoring algorithm and peer opinion

• Be able to use the scale to score functional recovery of stroke patients

• Be able to document and provide proof of competency to sponsors and regulatory entities within the clinical reseach setting.

• Print certificate of completion good for up to 2 years

A consistent approach to scoring patient recovery is essential for healthcare and research purposes and is desirable for routine clinical application. This training program was prepared by Professor KR Lees in association with the Media Services Department of the University of Glasgow, with the assistance of an educational grant. The support and co-operation of staff in the Acute Stroke Unit Cerebrovascular Clinic of the Western Infirmary, Glasgow and of Drumchapel Hospital, Glasgow is gratefully acknowledged. Patients shown in the recordings gave consent to use of this material for teaching and research purposes. Unauthorised copying, sale or distribution of the material is prohibited.

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