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This study evaluated some psychometric qualities of the Dutch short form Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE-N). The score profile on the short form IQCODE-N was comparable in two outpatient populations. Short form and regular IQCODE-N are equivalent, as they were highly correlated (r = 0.97). However, using IQCODE-N cut-off(More)
PREVIOUS studies comparing Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients with the normal elderly suggest that AD patients experience less pain. In the present study, pain reporting in 20 patients with possible vascular dementia (VaD) was compared to 20 nondemented elderly who had comparable pain conditions. It was hypothesized that, due to de-afferentiation, the(More)
In order to conceptually define quality of life (QOL) in dementia, the literature on QOL in the elderly population, in chronic disease and in dementia was studied. Dementia is a progressive, age-related, chronic condition and to avoid omissions within the dementia-specific concept of QOL, a broad orientation was the preferred approach in this literature(More)
In previous studies, patients with probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) have indicated that they experienced less pain intensity and affect from their painful conditions than nondemented elderly persons. However, in those studies, pain assessment occurred only once. Therefore, it may be possible that pain which had occurred, for example, a day earlier, could(More)
OBJECTIVE To validate the QUALIDEM, a quality of life measure for people with dementia within residential settings rated by professional caregivers. METHOD In a sample of 202 residents of nursing homes Spearman rank correlations were calculated between the QUALIDEM subscales aand indices of convergent validity and discriminant validity, with dementia(More)
OBJECTIVE This article presents an overview of the results of intervention studies in various emotion-oriented approaches in the care for people suffering from dementia. Recommendations are made with regard to clinical practice and future research. DATA SOURCES We searched for references (1990-99) in several bibliographical databases, i.e. Medline,(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a Quality of Life questionnaire rated by professionals that can be used for people with dementia in different stages of the disease, living in residential settings. METHOD Development was performed in two phases: item generation and pilot testing, and a field survey to evaluate the psychometric properties. For unidimensionality we(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct a patient- and user-friendly shortened version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) that is especially suitable for nursing home patients. METHODS The study was carried out on two different data bases including 23 Dutch nursing homes. Data on the GDS (n = 410), the Mini Mental State Examination (n = 410) and a diagnostic(More)
There have been very few and limited cross-national comparisons concerning pain among residents of long-term care facilities in Europe. The aim of the present cross-sectional study has been to document the prevalence of pain, its frequency and severity as well as its correlates in three European countries: Finland (north), Italy (south) and the Netherlands(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the diagnostic accuracy of the 30-item and shortened versions of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) in diagnosing depression in older nursing home patients. METHOD Three hundred and thirty-three older nursing home patients participated in a prospective cross-sectional study in the Netherlands. Sensitivity and specificity, positive(More)