Table 2

KOSCHI category definitions

2VegetativeBreathes spontaneously. No evidence of verbal or non-verbal communication or response to commands.
3Severe disability AConscious, totally dependent. May be able to communicate. Requires specialised educational/rehabilitation setting.
Severe disability BLimited self care abilities and predominantly dependent. May have meaningful communication. Requires specialised educational/rehabilitation setting.
4Moderate disability AMostly independent for daily living, but needs a degree of supervision/help for physical or behavioural problems. Has overt problems. May be in specialised rehabilitation/educational setting or in mainstream school requiring special needs assistance. Behavioural problems may have caused patient to be disciplined or excluded from school.
Moderate disability BAge appropriately independent for daily living, but with neurological sequelae frequently affecting daily life, including behavioural and learning difficulties. May also have frequent headaches. Likely to be in mainstream school with or without special needs assistance.
5Good recovery AAppears to have made a full functional recovery, but has residual pathology attributable to head injury. May suffer headaches that do not affect school or social life, and may occasionally have some of the problems listed on the head injury checklist.
Good recovery BThe information available implies that child has made a complete recovery. No sequelae identified.