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ERIC Number: EJ927845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Should We Refer for a Dementia Assessment? A Checklist to Help Know when to Be Concerned about Dementia in Adults with Down Syndrome and Other Intellectual Disabilities
Whitwham, Sarah; McBrien, Judith; Broom, Wendy
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n1 p17-21 Mar 2011
The aim of this research was to develop a simple screening checklist to help carers and professionals know when to make a referral for a dementia assessment. A checklist was completed for all new referrals to a dementia service for people with intellectual disabilities. The obtained scores were compared to the diagnostic outcome of a comprehensive dementia assessment. The data (n = 159) indicate a higher score on the checklist correlates significantly with a subsequent diagnosis of dementia. Cut-off scores are explored. The checklist appears to be a useful tool to prompt referrals for a full dementia assessment. By helping the referrer to know when to be concerned about dementia, it may reduce the number of people referred late or not at all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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