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Proposal of a long version of the disability assessment of dementia (DAD-Br)

Grant number: 13/10943-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): March 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Marcia Maria Pires Camargo Novelli
Grantee:Mariana Boaro Fernandez Canon
Host Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil


Introduction: There is not available in the national literature any functional assessment tools for elderly with cognitive changes that assess all areas of occupation (Basic Activities of Daily Living - BADL, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living - IADL, Rest and Sleep, Work, Leisure, Social Participation and Education). There are instruments to evaluate mostly areas such as BADL and IADL, and these instruments do not include all the activities that compose these areas of occupation. Objective: To develop a long version of the Disability Assessment for Dementia (DAD-Br), in order to evaluate all areas of occupation as well as the activities that compose these areas, and which are included in daily life of elderly with cognitive changes. Methodology: The proposal in Portuguese of the long version of the DAD-Br (DADL-Br) will be evaluated by a committee of experts (5 Occupational Therapists with experience in the gerontology area) for the validation of content. After the analysis and possible changes will be performed a pretest in elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI, n= 5) and Alzheimer's Disease in mild stage (AD, n= 5) and their caregivers/familiar (n= 10), aiming to identify possible difficulties to understand the proposed items. Then will be made the psychometric analysis: reliability intra-examiner and inter-examiner, with a sample of elderly with CCL (n=11) and with AD (n=11) and their caregivers/familiar (n= 22) and internal consistency and construct validity, with a sample of 30 elderly with CCL and 30 elderly with AD and their caregivers/familiar (n= 60). The study will be developed in Unit Dementia Service (SADe) at Federal University of São Paulo - Santos Campus. (AU)

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