TitleThe effect of dementia risk factors on comparative and diagnostic selective reminding norms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsSliwinski, M, Buschke, H, Stewart, WF, Masur, D, Lipton, RB
JournalJ Int Neuropsychol Soc
Date Published1997 Jul
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Dementia, Discrimination, Psychological, Female, Humans, Male, Memory, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Risk Factors

<p>Robust comparative and diagnostic norms for the elderly are provided for the Selective Reminding Test (Buschke, 1973). Correcting for factors such as age and education level are appropriate for comparative norms, which are intended for ranking individuals with respect to their age and education matched peers. However, because age and education are both risk factors for dementia, correcting for these factors decreases test sensitivity for detecting dementia. Age- and education-corrected Selective Reminding scores have a sensitivity for detecting dementia that is 28% lower than uncorrected scores. Using information about age in combination with memory scores provided optimal discrimination of dementia. It is concluded that statistically removing the contribution of dementia risk factors from memory test scores can severely decrease discriminative validity for detecting dementia in the elderly.</p>

Alternate JournalJ Int Neuropsychol Soc
PubMed ID9260441
Grant ListAGO3949 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
HD-01799 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R29 AG12448 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States