A neuropsychological instrument adding to the description of patients with suspected cortical dementia: the Milan overall dementia assessment

M Brazzelli, E Capitani, S Della Sala, H Spinnler, M Zuffi

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Abstract

A new, short, neuropsychologically oriented test for dementia assessment--the Milan Overall Dementia Assessment (MODA)--is described. Age and education adjusted norms based on 217 healthy controls are given. A validation study on 312 outpatients suspected of dementia (121 with probable Alzheimer's disease) showed that the MODA differentiated patients with cognitive impairment from normal subjects more effectively than did the DSM III-R. The correlation between the MODA and the mini mental state examination was 0.63 in controls and 0.84 in patients with Alzheimer's dementia. The MODA test-retest reliability was 0.83. The test proved to be well suited to longitudinal studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1510-7
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Volume57
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dementia
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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