Tolerance weighted frequency indices for non-cognitive symptoms of dementia

Glenn E. Smith, Eric George Tangalos, Robert J. Ivnik, Emre Kokmen, Ronald Carl Petersen

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In this study we examine factors which are associated with nursing home placement in terms of both their frequency of occurrence and the degree to which caregivers perceive them to have influenced placement. We propose “Tolerance Weighted Frequency Indices “ (TWFIs) to rank symptoms in terms of their association with placement decisions. Given our method for calculating TWFIs we observe that basic activity of daily living impairments appear to have a comparatively stronger association with nursing home placement than many disruptive behaviors. These findings emphasize the importance of management of ADL impairments in strategies designed to delay or prevent nursing home placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-10
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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