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Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1996

Measurement Of Behavioral Disturbance In Chronic Care Populations

Pierre N. Tariot, MD

Anton Porsteinsson, MD

Linda Teri, PhD

Myron F. Weiner, MD


 This article reviews the assessment of behavioral change associated with the dementias as an example of the assessment of behavior in the chronic care population in general. The term behavior in this context refers to syndromes that commonly co-occur with dementias, such as delusions, hallucinations, depressive and anxious features, agitation, apathy, and withdrawal. These syndromes are used as the organizing framework for a selective review of behavior rating scales applied to patients with dementia. A general overview is offered first, followed by a more in-depth examination of six behavior instruments: The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD) Behavior Rating Scale for Dementia, the Multidimensional Observation Scale for Elderly Subjects, the Neuropsychiatric Inventory, The Psychogeriatric Dependency Rating Scale, and the Revised Memory and Behavioral Problems Checklist. These six were chosen because they are especially well suited to this clinical problem, and offer a spectrum of strengths and weaknesses illustrating the current state of the art.

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