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The 10-word learning task in the differential diagnosis of early Alzheimers disease and elderly depression: a cross-sectional pilot study
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Abstract
Objectives: Identification of early Alzheimers disease (AD) has become very important. Episodic memory tasks appear to have predictive power for indicating early AD. Deficits in encoding and storage processes that are characteristic of AD, however, must be distinguished from non-AD deficits that can also affect memory, including difficulties that may be present in depression. This pilot study was set up to ascertain whether a 10-word-list-learning task (delayed recognition and rate of forgetting) may be useful in making the differentiation between mild AD and depression. Method: A Dutch version of Reys auditory verbal learning test was administered to 36 mild AD patients, 41 depressed patients, and 47 healthy controls. Data were analyzed in a cross-sectional manner. Results: Receiver operating characteristic analyses showed that for differentiating mild AD and depression, both delayed recognition and percentage of forgetting have sufficient diagnostic accuracy. Conclusion: Percentage of forgetting had the highest diagnostic accuracy for differentiating mild AD and depressed patients and may be useful in the early detection of AD.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Aging and mental health. - Abington
Publication
Abington : 2011
ISSN
1360-7863
Volume/pages
15:1(2011), p. 113-121
ISI
000286828800014
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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