The Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM) can be used to assess and monitor recovery of cognitive function after severe head injury
The Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM) is a 62-item observational matrix that provides accurate assessment of patients in and emerging from coma and in the vegetative and minimally conscious states.
- Assess the patient and sets goals for rehabilitation from the outset of coma.
- Collect data by observation and by testing tasks used in everyday life.
- Provides a sequential framework of tightly defined categories of observation.
- Can be used by any qualified member of a multidisciplinary team.
Designed to pick up minute indices demonstrating recovery and provide objective evidence, the WHIM provides a sequential framework of tightly defined categories of observation covering:
- Communication ability
- Cognitive skills
- Social interaction