Aim. In order to identify; side effects, questions should be asked precisely and even slight abnormalities in the patient s somatic state should be carefully noted and registered. Standardized scales help to recognize and describe side effects, as well as to determine both their severity and dynamics. The paper presents the UKU scale serving to assess the severity of side effects during treatment with psychotropic drugs.
Review. The scale was developed by the Committee for Clinical Research (Udvalg for Kliniske Undersogelser) of the Scandinavian Psychopharmacological Society. Results of studies carried out in the years 1980-1982 confirmed usefulness of this scale for the assessment of side effects of both antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs. Is English version was presented in 1986. Results of studies evaluating the UKU usefulness in clinical research and its applicability in daily practice are discussed. Principles of the scale administration and its Polish adaptation together with instructions are presented.