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Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS).

The AIMS is by far the most widely used rating scale for measuring the severity of tardive dyskinesia in scientific research. However, the original AIMS scale has several imperfections that allow different assessors to arrive at different scores. This results in a large standard deviation based on measurement unreliability. We have therefore included an improved version of the first seven items of the AIMS in the SADIMoD. Here the item definitions have been made clearer and movements during activity and at rest are scored separately. The results can be converted to the original AIMS scores without any problem, but the reliability is then much better. It remains important that each assessor performs the same examination, and in long-term studies it is important to make a video recording of this. Click on this link for the AIMS with these sadimod adaptations.”