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Journal of the Korean Geriatrics Society 2003;7(4):278-287.
Published online December 31, 2003.
Development of the Korean Version of Disability Assessment for Dementia Scale(DAD-K) to Assess Function in Dementia
Guk Hee Suh
치매 기능평가를 위한 치매장애평가척도 한국어판의 개발
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To develop the Korean version of Disability Assessment for Dementia Scale(DAD-K), an instrument for functional disability for use with proxy-respondents of community-dwelling persons who have Alzheimer`s disease METHOD: Community-dwelling elderly and their caregivers with memory impairment(N=341) participated in this study to evaluate reliabilities and validities of DAD-K.
RESULTS
The DAD-K demonstrated a high degree of internal consistency(Cronbach`s alpha=0.88) and excellent interrater(ICC=0.96) and test-retest(ICC=0.96) reliability and good concurrent validity. In addi- tion, it was found not to have age, education and gender bias.
CONCLUSION
The DAD-K is valid and reliable instrument in Korean elderly with Alzheimer`s disease, that may help clinicians and caregivers of the population with Alzheimer`s disease make decisions regar- ding the choice of suitable interventions.
Key Words: DAD, Dementia, Function, Reliability, Gender, Education, Surveys and Questionnaires


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