Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM)
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