Towards a clinically specific profile of severe senile primary degenerative dementia of the Alzheimer type (PDDAT)
DSM-III-R-criteria for diagnosis, type, and degree of dementia are applied to 65 psychogeriatric in-patients.
In order to establish a clinically valid profile for PDDAT the degree of severity as well as the distinction from other types of dementia are taken into consideration. This two-dimensional approach to PDDAT seems to account better for the complexity of its clinical phenomenology. Patients with severe PDDAT are compared with a moderate PDDAT-group as well as a severe MID-group.
KeywordsSpecific Profile Equivalent Degree Partial Score Presenile Dementia Cerebral Grey Matter
The AGP System (Guy et al., 1985)
Dementia Scale (Blessed et al., 1968)
Depression Status Inventory (Zung, 1972)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edi tion, Revised (American Psychiatric Association, 1987)
Information-Memory-Concentration Test (Blessed et al., 1968)
Ischemic Score (Hachinski et al., 1975)
Mini-Mental State (Folstein et al., 1975)
Primary Degenerative Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (DSM III-R)
significance: p < 0.001
significance: p < 0.01
significance: p < 0.05
tendency: p < 0.10
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