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ERIC Number: EJ1164008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Early Detection of Dementia in People with an Intellectual Disability--A German Pilot Study
Kuske, Bettina; Wolff, Christian; Gövert, Uwe; Müller, Sandra Verena
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 suppl p49-57 Dec 2017
Background: This study investigated the application of a newly developed neuropsychological assessment, the Wolfenbütteler Dementia Test for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (WDTIM) in combination with the Dementia Screening Questionnaire for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (DSQIID). Methods: The instruments were evaluated in a prospective 2-year follow-up study. A total of 102 people with an intellectual disability were assessed at 6-month intervals. Data were analysed using qualitative and statistical analyses. Results: Four groups of individuals emerged from the analysis: (1) confirmed suspicion, (2) no suspicion, (3) questionable suspicion and (4) early suspicion. Significant differences were found between groups 1 and 2. The WDTIM could be administered to 90%-100% of all participants exhibiting mild-to-moderate intellectual disability and to 50% with severe intellectual disability. Conclusions: The WDTIM was shown to have good applicability to people with mild-to-moderate intellectual disability and to be appropriate for detecting cognitive changes. Using the two instruments in combination achieved greater accuracy in reinforcing a dementia suspicion than did using the DSQIID alone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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