A program guide for the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale video.
Program Guide For AIMS Instructional Video
Conducting a good Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) examination and scoring the results can be done in 10 or 15 minutes by an experienced clinician, allowing the tool to be used easily and repeatedly in the search for tardive dyskinesia. Those unfamiliar or less experienced with the AIMS procedures may find the initial learning somewhat complicated and frustrating, leading to potential errors in scoring. This instructional video has been created to teach the proper techniques to those new to the AIMS examination and as a constantly available resource on the Web for those who have done it before but want to refresh their skills. Dr. Jay Pomerantz demonstrates the 12 steps of the AIMS examination and explains how to score the results. The video was photographed in his office to show how easily it can be done in the confines of a busy clinician's practice setting. Instead of using patients who have TD, we have turned to a "Standardized Patient", an actor who has received special training in simulating medical problems accurately and is widely experienced in clinical teaching programs. "Patient Jerry" also offers the advantage of being able to demonstrate the four different levels of symptom severity for each muscle group whereas an actual patient could only show the single level of the disorder that was affecting them at the time.
Download AIMS Form (PDF)
Download AIMS Instructions (PDF)
VIDEO SEGEMENT CONTENTS AND TIMES
INTRODUCTION (5 minutes, 30 seconds)
Dr. Pomerantz provides:
EXAMINATION PROCEDURE (8 minutes)
SCORING PROCEDURE (9 minutes, 30 seconds)
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION (3 minutes, 30 seconds)
Dr. Pomerantz reviews:
View the AIMS instructional video, here.
This article was originally posted on April 12, 2013 and has since been updated.