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

Measurement Of Communicative Function In Cognitively Impaired Older Adults

Kathryn Bayles, PhD


Measurement of communicative function of cognitively impaired older adults is essential to providing quality care. This fact was recognized by legislators who passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which required assessment of communicative and cognitive function of nursing home residents as a prelude to planning their care. The law mandates the use of assessment tools that are valid and produce reproducible results. In this article, those measures of communicative function designed for and standardized on dementia patients are reviewed as well as other measures of communicative function that have been administered to dementia patients.

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