Dementia Assessment by Rapid Test (DART): An Indian Screening T ool for Dementia

  • B S
  • V S
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Background: There is a need to develop a quick original screening test for dementia due to paucity of short, education and culture fair tests. Hence, following DSM-V criteria, a quick screening test was developed which can be used for both the clinical and prognostic purposes. Objective: Develop a quick and valid Indian screening test for geriatric population for early and timely identification of cognitive decline. Method: Total sample consisted of 150 (88=patients and 62=control) right-handed, consenting subjects between 55-84 yrs of age with minimum elementary education were recruited in the study. Results: DART scores discriminated between dementia cases and controls clearly. It was also validated against gold standard of MMSE, with sensitivity of 95.5% and specificity of 60.0%; true positive predictive value of 70.2% and true negative predictive value of 93.0%. Conclusion: DART is a quick and valid screening test for dementia for Indian population.




B, S., & V, S. (2015). Dementia Assessment by Rapid Test (DART): An Indian Screening T ool for Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinsonism, 05(03).

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