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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1988 May;36(5):402-8.

The CAMDEX: a standardized instrument for the diagnosis of mental disorder in the elderly: a replication with a US sample.

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Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis 46223.


The Cambridge Mental Disorders of the Elderly Examination (CAMDEX) was developed by Roth, et al (1986) to assist in the early diagnosis and measurement of dementia in the elderly. In this study the CAMDEX was administered to a mixed group of independently diagnosed elderly psychiatric patients and control subjects in the United States. The CAMDEX was found to have a high interrater reliability with a mixed group of clinicians of varying backgrounds. The diagnostic scales and the cognitive section of the CAMDEX demonstrated considerable promise in distinguishing between independently diagnosed populations of depressed, demented, and normal subjects. The results suggest comparability between samples of subjects in England and the US, and that the CAMDEX is a promising instrument for use in both research and clinical settings.

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