Whiplash assessment tools

The Guidelines for the management of acute whiplash associated disorders recommend the use of the following assessment tools and outcome measures for the best possible management of adults with a whiplash injury.

1. Overview

The guidelines recommend the use of standardised assessment tools to assess and diagnose whiplash injury, as well as the outcome measures to monitor progress and direct treatment. Outcome measures are the best way to monitor progress with recovery and to identify people at risk of poor recovery.

This flowchart provides a structure for assessing and treating people with whiplash during the first 12 weeks following an injury. It contains information about when to use each of the tools, how to interpret the scores and what action is recommended in the Guidelines.