Neuropsychological assessment of the severely impaired elderly patient: Validation of the Italian short version of the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB)

M. Pippi, P. Mecocci, J. Saxton, L. Bartorelli, C. Pettenati, S. Bonaiuto, D. Cucinotta, G. Masaraki, M. Neri, A. E. Tammaro, C. Vergani, F. Chionne, U. Senin

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Abstract

One hundred and sixty-nine severely demented patients were tested in a multicenter study with the short version of the Severe Impairment Battery which was translated into Italian with the purpose of adapting and validating it for an Italian population. Patients were enrolled in Italian geriatric centers participating in the Study Group on Aging Brain of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Following thorough clinical and instrumental examinations, they were evaluated with the Mini Mental State Examination, the Clinical Dementia Rating, the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB), the Gottfries-Brane-Steen Rating Scale for Dementia, the Activity of Daily Living index, and the Bedford Alzheimer Nursing Severity scale (BANS.s). The inter-rater reliability of the SIB was highly significant for the total score and its subtests; test-retest reliability showed the same significance in all items. Also concurrent validity, performed comparing the total SIB score with the total BANS.s score, was significant. The short Italian version of the SIB proved to be a very reliable tool for the evaluation of severely demented patients; it has the advantage of being easy to administer, it evaluates more cognitive domains than are typically assessed in dementia, and has a wide enough range of scores to detect even small differences in the examined abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Volume11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Neuropsychological scale
  • Severe dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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