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The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire, abbreviated RPQ, is a questionnaire that can be administered to someone who sustains a concussion or other form of traumatic brain injury to measure the severity of symptoms. Used to determine the presence and severity of post-concussion syndrome (PCS), the measure has been cited in over 40 papers.[1] The test, which can be self-administered or given by an interviewer, asks patients to rate the severity of 16 different symptoms commonly found after a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).[2] Patients are asked to rate how severe each of the 16 symptoms has been over the past 24 hours on a scale from 0 to 4: absent, mild, moderate, or severe.[1] In each case, the symptom is compared with how severe it was before the injury occurred.[1] The test was presented in 1995 by a group led by N.S. King.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Potter S, Leigh E, Wade D, Fleminger S (December 2006). The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire: A confirmatory factor analysis. J. Neurol. 253 (12): 1603–14.
  2. Mittenberg W, Strauman S (2000). Diagnosis of mild head injury and the postconcussion syndrome. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 15 (2): 783–791.
  3. King NS, Crawford S, Wenden FJ, Moss NE, Wade DT (September 1995). The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire: A measure of symptoms commonly experienced after head injury and its reliability. J. Neurol. 242 (9): 587–92.

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