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The Cerebral Performance Categories – Extended (CPC-E) is a valid and reliable criterion-referenced tool based on the original Cerebral Performance Categories (CPC) (Safar, 1981) and consists of 10 items.  Six items are to be administered in the hospital prior to discharge (Alert, Short Term Memory, Logical Thinking, Attention, Motor, and Basic Activities of Daily Living), and four items (Mood, Fatigue, Complex Activities of Daily Living, and Return to Work) are to be administered post-discharge.  Although originally designed to be used with cardiac arrest survivors, some have found the CPC-E to be useful in the ICU and acute care settings. 

This page contains all of the materials you need to learn and administer the CPC-E, including the tool, descriptors, references and publications. If you are interested in learning more about the CPC-E and using the CPC-E in your clinical practice and/or scientific projects, please click on the links below to download the materials:

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We hope you find the CPC-E to be a useful tool for your clinical practice and/or scientific projects.

Best regards,

Margo B. Holm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ketki D.Raina, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Sondra A. Balouris, PhD, MS, MPT
Jon C. Rittenberger, MD, MS
Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD