J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2006 Jun;10(1):28-32.

Usefulness of Family-Report Screening Tests for Dementia

Affiliations
  • 1Seoul Dongjakgu Healthy Family Support Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, Inje University, College of Medicine, Sanggye Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Konkuk University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Neuropsychiatry, Inje University, College of Medicine, Ilsanpaik Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neuropsychiatry, Soochunhyang University, College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea. hanyjung@schbc.ac.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of domestic family-report screening tests for dementia in an effort to lay the foundation for a standardization of self-report dementia screening tests.
METHODS
The subjects in this study were 56 psychiatrists and neurologists etc. who were members of the Korean Geriatrics Society and Korean Association for Geriatric psychiatry and in charge of demented elderly people.
RESULTS
Out of 56 respondents, 31 rated SDQ or a short form of SDQ as useful. 10 doctors replied that there was no need to put dementia screening tests for caregivers to use, and the reason was that those tests for caregivers lagged behind screening tests for patients in usefulness, or that no separate assessment through caregivers would be necessary if it's possible to evaluate patients themselves.
CONCLUSION
There is little accurate information on the usefulness or results of family-report screening tests for dementia, and sustained research efforts should be dedicated to this field.

Keyword

Family-report screening test for dementia; SDQ; S-SDQ
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