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Neurologia. 2002 Jun-Jul;17(6):317-23.

[Neuropsychiatric inventory questionnaire (NPI-Q): Spanish validation of an abridged form of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) is a validated clinical instrument for the evaluation of psychopathology in dementia.

OBJECTIVE:

To validate a brief questionnaire form of the NPI (NPI-Q) in Spanish from NPI-Q original version, intended for use in routine clinical practice.

PATIENTS AND METHOD:

We have developed a crossed validated form between NPI and NPI-Q in 120 Alzheimer's disease patients.

RESULTS:

Test-retest reliability of the NPI-Q, using Pearson correlation index was r = 0.89 for total symptom scale and r = 0.90 for distress scale. The prevalence of analogous symptom ratings differed by less than 6.7%. Convergent validity between NPI-Q and NPI, using Pearson correlation index was r = 0.879 for total symptom and r = 0.92 for distress scale.

CONCLUSIONS:

The NPI-Q Spanish version offers the possibility to use a reliable and brief instrument that can be used as a screening in the evaluation of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia and associated caregiver distress. It may be suitable for use in general clinical practice and it could be used as a brief neuropsychiatric interview.

PMID:
12084358
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