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An Empirical Test of Telephone Screening to Identify Potential Dementia Cases

  • Margaret Gatz (a1), Chandra Reynolds (a1), Jovanka Nikolic (a2), Beverly Lowe (a3), Michele Karel (a1) and Nancy Pedersen (a4)...


Thirty-seven subjects, 15 with a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and 22 normal controls, participated in a study of the accuracy of telephone screening in identifying potential dementia cases. The telephone protocol and scoring algorithm resulted in 100% sensitivity and 91% specificity. The findings suggest that a brief telephone interview can serve as an efficient screening device to locate dementia cases in the context of a large-scale community-based investigation.


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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
  • URL: /core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics
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