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ERIC Number: EJ1069861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Interinformant Agreement of the Dementia Questionnaire for People with Learning Disabilities
Walker, Brigid; MacBryer, Shona; Jones, Alan; Law, Jim
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v43 n3 p227-233 Sep 2015
Because of difficulties with neuropsychological assessments for dementia in people with learning disabilities, professionals in clinical practice have relied heavily on carer interviews, one of the most widely used being the "Dementia Questionnaire for People with Learning Disabilities" (DLD-Evenhuis et al. 2006 "Dementia questionnaire for people with intellectual disabilities manual" (second edition). Amsterdam, Netherlands, Harcourt Test Publishers). Because dementia is indicated by the magnitude of changes in scores between longitudinal assessments, interinformant agreement is paramount. We carried out the DLD interview independently with two carers for each of 26 people with Down's syndrome. Only 15% of pairs of carers achieved "good" agreement. Levels of agreement varied widely across the DLD subscales and individual questions. Interinformant agreement was better for less able people with Down's syndrome than for more able individuals.
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Language: English
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