A qualitative analysis of the mini mental state examination on Alzheimer's disease patients treated with cholinesterase inhibitors.

E. Lucchi, N. Minicuci, F. Magnifico, S. Mondini, A. Calza, S. Avanzi, D. Villani, G. Bellelli, M. Trabucchi

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Abstract

The improvement in cognitive performances due to cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEls) is not homogeneous among Alzheimer's disease (AD) subjects. Aim of this study is to evaluate whether a specific pattern of change in mini mental state examination (MMSE) could be observed in AD subjects after 9-month treatment with ChEls. From September 2000 to September 2002, 99 subjects enrolled in the CRONOS project. They have never been previously treated with ChEls. All of them completed both the 3- and the 9-month follow-up. The multidimensional assessment included MMSE, activity of daily living (ADL), instrumental activity of daily living (IADL), somatic health status, according to design of the CRONOSproject. The MMSE was analyzed both as a total score and disaggregated in 11 items. All subjects were divided in 2 groups according to the degree of change in MMSE total score from baseline to the 9th month. Subjects with a change 0 as responders (R). At start, no statistically significant differences were found between the 2 groups. MMSE score was significantly higher in the R group both at 3 (p <0.0001) and 9 months (p <0.0001), while functional status (ADL and IADL) was significantly lower in NR group at 9 months (p = 0.025; p =0.018, respectively). In MMSE qualitative analysis of 3-month, NR significantly worsened in temporal (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-263
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of gerontology and geriatrics. Supplement
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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