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Br J Psychiatry. 1988 Feb;152:209-13.

Assessment of cognitive decline in the elderly by informant interview.

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  • 1National Health and Medical Research Council Social Psychiatry Research Unit, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.


Cognitive decline in a sample of 64 elderly people was assessed by a standardised informant interview dealing with changes in memory and intelligence which had taken place in the previous 10 years. Scores from the interview were found to correlate (r = 0.74) with the Mini-Mental State Examination. Moreover, the informant interview was found to be less affected by pre-morbid ability than the MMSE. Direct assessment of decline by informants may be a solution to the problem of contamination by pre-morbid ability which affects traditional cognitive screening instruments.

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