The development of an instrument for assessing cognitive ability and screening for the cognitive decline associated with dementia in people with moderate to profound intellectual disability

Donnelly, Karen J. (2015) The development of an instrument for assessing cognitive ability and screening for the cognitive decline associated with dementia in people with moderate to profound intellectual disability. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Individuals with intellectual disability have a greater risk of developing dementia.The diagnosis of dementia relies on accurate testing of cognitive function however existing tests have limited utility in people whose intellectual disability is moderate or greater. A new test was developed and underwent preliminary testing to determine use across a wider ability spectrum. The Cognitive Baseline & Screener for People with Intellectual Disability (CBS-ID) was administered to a sample of 17 dyads (n=34) (people with intellectual disability (who completed CBS-ID) and caregivers (who provided an independent rating of function)).The CBS-ID performed well on several usability metrics across all intellectual disability level and was highly correlated with existing measures of cognitive function to which it was compared.Further research with a larger sample is needed to assess the test's ability to detect change in cognition over time & determine if it aids the process of diagnosing dementia.

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ID Code: 83727
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Sullivan, Karen & Gilmore, Linda
Keywords: intellectual, disability, dementia, cognitive, decline, assessment
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 03:20
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:51

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