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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1978 Aug;26(8):348-54.

Clinical value of the London Psychogeriatric Rating Scale.


The London Psychogeriatric Rating Scale (LPRS) was developed in answer to the demand for a reliable psychometric rating scale suited to a psychogeriatric population. All inpatients on a Psychogeriatric Unit (approximately 140 at any specific time) were rated with the LPRS every third month for an 18-month period. The 4 components of the total score include a measure of mental status originally derived by factor analysis. Predictive validity has been established in terms of various clinically relevant areas including the following: a) ward placement; b) outcome (continued hospitalization, discharge, or death); c) diagnosis (by scoring levels and progress patterns across time); and d) ability of the patient to function in, or benefit from, a particular treatment program. The scale has been used successfully to assess a given patient's progress quantitatively and globally over a long period.

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