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Development of an instrument for early detection of dementia in people with Down syndrome

Johansson, Per-Erik and Terenius, Olle (2002). Development of an instrument for early detection of dementia in people with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. 27 :4 , 325-345
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The successful detection of early signs of dementia in people with Down syndrome could form a basis for useful early support and for drug treatment. This report describes the development and preliminary application of an interview and test instrument for the assessment of dementia among people with intellectual disability, as well as a framework for diagnosis that combines the findings of an interview and a test with the diagnostic criteria of ICD-10, DSM-IV and NINCDS-ADRDA. From among the number of tests and interview questions developed, those showing the most significant differences between participants in three groups of differing levels of intellectual disability and estimated dementia were kept. Reported are the assumptions for the items used, descriptions of the process and items used, and the associations of test items with predicting the presence of dementia. The authors conclude that a protocol combining testing and interview has promise and potential for detecting early signs of dementia in this population and could prove feasible for use in practice.

Authors/Creators:Johansson, Per-Erik and Terenius, Olle
Title:Development of an instrument for early detection of dementia in people with Down syndrome
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Year of publishing :January 2002
Page range:325-345
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Submitted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
Keywords:Down syndrome, dementia, instrument
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DOI10.1080/136682502100002935 7
ID Code:8580
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: Dr. Olle Terenius
Deposited On:06 Feb 2012 13:52
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:48

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