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Archive » 1999 » 3 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Neurology »

Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale – Cognitive (ADAS-cog)

 
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This article presents the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) for the measurement of disease progression and the patient’s response to drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Previous scales had only limited utility because of low sensitivity and restrict­ed scope. The ADAS-Cog provides more com­prehensive and detailed information, meets practical standards and is easy to administer. Special training, however, is needed for adminis­tering the test. The scale is designed to measure all the major symtpoms of dementia and determine the increase in the symptom severity; the test is reliable and suitable for the use in a variety of set­tings. It comprises 11 cognitive items, including spo­ken language ability, comprehension of spoken language, recall of test instructions, word-finding problems in spontaneous speech, following com­mands, naming objects and fingers, construc­tional and ideational praxis, orientation, word-recall and word-recognition tasks. Despite the above mentioned advantages ADAS-Cog cannot replace an extensive neuropsychological test.

Authors:
Denišlič Miro, Zalar Bojan, Meh Duška

Keywords:
Alzheimer disease, cognition disorders- diagnosis

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 1999; 38: 395–422.

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