J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2000 Dec;4(2):164-172.

Korean Standardization of General Medical Health Rating on Dementia Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medecine, Chungnam University College of Medecine, Taejeon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Cheongju Medical Center, Cheongju, Chung buk, Korea. syjssk@hanbat.chungnam.ac.kr
  • 3Taejeon Dementia Nursing Home of Davida's House, Taejeon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Chungnam University College of Medecine, Taejeon, Korea.

Abstract

Concurrent medical problem is common in dementia patients and critical to their care. Despite its importance, there was no bedside global rating scale for the seriousness of medical comorbidity. Lykestos et al. newly developed a reliable bedside scale, the General Medical Health Rating(GMHR). The objective of this study was to standardize the GMHR in form of Korean version(KGMHR). The study population consisted of 35 dementia patients in nursing home. Rating was performed by 1 physician and 2 nurses. Forty percent(14/35) of patients had one or more unstable medical illnesses. KGMHR ratings no more than 3 were 71.5%(25/35) of patients. The value of interrater reliability coefficient alpha was 0.9121. Correlations between KGMHR ratings and number of unstable medi-cal illnesses were high(r=-0.487, p<0.01). KGMHR ratings were also correlated with number of medications being taken for comorbid conditions(r=-0.542, p<0.01). In conclusion, KGMHR is a very reliable and simple rating scale for medical comorbidity in dementia patients. So the KGMHR could be a useful tool for evaluation of comorbidity in dementia patients. To verify the prognostic value of KGMHR, further large sized long-term study are needed.

Keyword

Dementia; Comorbidity; General Medical Health Rating(GMHR); Reliability
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