Introduction: The Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire (ADL-Q) is an informant report questionnaire assessing functional impairment in daily living skills. Previous research has demonstrated correlations between ADL-Q and cognitive screening measures among patients with dementia. This study examined the relationship between ADL-Q and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief cognitive screening. Methods: Records of 448 individuals from an outpatient neurology clinic were reviewed. Pearson correlations were calculated between ADL-Q scores and MoCA scores. Linear regression models were fit using demographic information to predict ADL-Q scores. MoCA scores were then added to the models to determine the increase in predictive value of the MoCA. Results: Lower MoCA scores were associated with higher levels of functional impairment. For each model, adding the MoCA significantly improved model fit. Discussion: Low scores on the MoCA, among patient's presenting for memory complaints, should raise concerns about functional decline and prompt for further assessment of functional ability.
Durant, J., Leger, G. C., Banks, S. J., & Miller, J. B. (2016). Relationship between the Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, 4, 43–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dadm.2016.06.001