1. A documented 33% dementia chance post-stroke from an Australian study May 2012.
2. Then this study came out and seems to have a range from 17-66%. December 2013.
3. A 20% chance in this research. July 2013.
Or are these other tests better?
5-Minute Pen & Paper Dementia Test
A quick and effective dementia test is available from a leading neuroscientist at Florida Atlantic University. The three to five minute test produces results comparable to "gold standard" dementia tests used by clinicians today. Find out more.
Determining whether or not an individual has dementia and to what degree is a long and laborious process that can take an experienced professional such as a clinician about four to five hours to administer, interpret and score the test results.
AccuracyThe "Quick Dementia Rating System" (QDRS), which uses an evidence-based methodology, validly and reliably differentiates individuals with and without dementia. When dementia is present, it accurately stages the condition to determine if it is very mild, mild, moderate or severe. QDRS has applications for use in clinical practice, to pre-qualify patients in clinical trials, prevention studies, community surveys and biomarker research.
James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., is one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country and a professor of clinical biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and a professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, and the QDRS is his brainchild. He recently published an article on his findings in Alzheimer's & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Galvin has developed a number of dementia screening tools including the AD8, a brief informant interview to translate research findings to community settings that is used worldwide to detect dementia in diverse populations.
AD8AD8 is one of the world's easiest and simplest dementia tests. Valid and reliable in differentiating individuals with dementia from those who do not show signs of dementia, it is sensitive to the earliest signs of cognitive change as reported by an informant (such as a caregiver or a nurse). The AD8 has been demonstrated to perform equally as well as a telephone interview as it does during an in-person interview. All told, AD8 is short, simple, quick to administer (~3 minutes) and culturally-sensitive.
Click here for The AD8 Test.
QDRSIn contrast to the simpler 8-question AD8 test, Dr. Gavin's newer QDRS test is a 10-item questionnaire that can be completed by a caregiver, friend or family member, and is brief enough to be printed on one page or viewed as a single screenshot, maximizing its clinical utility. Scores range from 0 to 30 with higher scores representing greater cognitive impairment. The questionnaire covers: 1) memory and recall; 2) orientation; 3) decision-making and problem-solving abilities; 4) activities outside the home; 5) function at home and hobbies; 6) toileting and personal hygiene; 7) behavior and personality changes; 8) language and communication abilities; 9) mood; and 10) attention and concentration.
The total score is derived by summing up the 10 fields and each area has five possible answers increasing in severity of symptoms. The 10 areas capture the prominent symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and non-Alzheimer's neurocognitive disorders including Lewy Body Dementia, frontotemporal degeneration, vascular dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and depression.
Click here for The QDRS Test. (Quick Dementia Rating System)