The Italian validation of the anosognosia questionnaire for dementia in Alzheimer's disease

G. Gambina, V. Valbusa, N. Corsi, F. Ferrari, F. Sala, E. Broggio, M. T. Condoleo, V. Surdo, P. Errera, A. C. Cagnin, G. Moretto, V. Moro

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Abstract

Although the Anosognosia Questionnaire-Dementia (AQ-D) is one of the main instruments for assessing awareness in Alzheimer's disease (AD), the normative data were until now limited to people from Argentina and Japan. This study aims to validate this instrument in an European context, in particular in an Italian sample. In a multicenter project (Verona, Padova, and Trapani), 130 patients with AD and their caregivers participated in the study. Psychometric characteristics of AQ-D are confirmed indicating that the scale permits the early identification of anosognosia and the correct care management of patients. Indeed, anosognosia results to be present also in patients with very mild AD (moderate: 44.44%; mild: 47.17%; and very mild: 23.73%). Moreover, the results indicate that deficits in awareness may vary in severity and that different types of anosognosia may be identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-644
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 13 2015

Keywords

  • affective anosognosia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • amnestic anosognosia
  • AQ-D
  • assessment of awareness
  • executive anosognosia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology

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