A Comparative Validation of the Abbreviated Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES-10) With the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Apathy Subscale Against Diagnostic Criteria of Apathy

R. Leontjevas, A. Evers-Stephan, M. Smalbrugge, A.M. Pot, V. Thewissen, D.L. Gerritsen, R.T.C.M. Koopmans

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Objective: To compare the Neuropsychiatric Inventory apathy subscale (NPIa) with the abbreviated Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES-10) on discriminant validity and on their performance to distinguish residents as apathetic or nonapathetic. Design: Cross-sectional design. Setting: Nursing home. Participants: 100 residents of 4 dementia special care units (n = 58) and 3 somatic units (n = 42). Measurements: Primary professional caregivers were interviewed to score the AES-10 and NPIa. The elderly care physician and the psychologist of each unit examined residents for clinical apathy using diagnostic criteria. Results: The AES-10 and NPIa correlated moderately with each other (r
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308e1-308e6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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