Clinical Assessment Protocols (CAPs)

Clinical Assessment Protocols, generally referred to as CAPs, are designed to assist the assessor to interpret systematically all the information recorded on an instrument.  CAPs are not intended to automate care planning; rather, they help the clinician focus on key issues identified during the assessment process, so that decisions as to whether and how to intervene can be explored with the individual. 

As each of our instrument systems matures, interRAI development teams have produced a series of CAPs relevant to specific target groups.  Each CAP has been developed by a group of experts and validated through clinical focus groups and ongoing empirical research.

In 2007 interRAI released a second generation of Clinical Assessment Protocols (CAPs) for use with its suite instruments for home care, community health, long-term care facilities, and assisted living. These CAPs can also be used with the prior version of the long-term care facilities (MDS 2.0) and home care instruments (HC 2.0). As a result, clinicians using either the legacy instruments or the suite version are able to benefit from this major research initiative.

interRAI released a set of CAPs for use with its inpatient psychiatry and community mental health instruments (interRAI Mental Health and interRAI Community Mental Health) in 2010. Working groups are also in the process of developing the first generation of CAPs for the interRAI Acute Care, interRAI Palliative Care, and interRAI Intellectual Disability instruments.

See our list of Clinical Assessment Protocols publications (plus localizations and translations) in our Catalog.

View inside a sample of CAPs for Use with Community and Long-Term Care Assessment Instruments by clicking on the cover below:

View inside a sample of Mental Health CAPs for Use with Community and Hospital-Based Mental Health Assessment Instruments by clicking on the cover below: