UK Long term care resident assessment instrument user's manual

D. Challis, Karen Stewart, D. Sturdy, Angela Worden

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


The MDS manual comprises of a comprehensive background to the Minimum Data Set Resident Assessment Instrument. It consists of the policy and practice background to assessment of a clients needs from its development in the United States to its application in the United Kingdom, describing the benefits to clients, care homes and governments of a standard instrument for assessing need. An overview of the assessment tool follows with details of the 19 areas or domains that include such areas as ADL's, cognitive ability, rehabilitation, continence etc. Finally there is a section about risk problems, or RAP's, identified by the instrument, which influence care planning by the inclusion of best practice guidelines. A photocopiable MDS form with details of the RAP's and guidelines is included in the pack. The manual is supported by a training pack that consists of notes and overheads for staff when using the MDS/RAI.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication New Earswick
PublisherInterRAI UK
ISBN (Print)0953873307
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Minimum Data Set
  • Care Needs Assessment
  • Care Homes
  • Older People
  • Cognitive ability


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