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Current Alzheimer Research

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ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Review Article

Optimizing ADAS-Cog Worksheets: A Survey of Clinical Trial Rater s’ Perceptions

Author(s): Stephen M. Meyer, Kristina A. Bertzos, Magdalena Perez, Donald J. Connor*, Kimberly Schafer and Sarah Walter

Volume 14 , Issue 9 , 2017

Page: [1008 - 1016] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1567205014666170417122744

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Abstract

Background: The Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale (ADASCog) remains the most widely used test of longitudinal cognitive functioning in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical trials. Unlike most neuropsychological tests, the ADAS-Cog source documentation worksheets are not uniform across clinical trials, and vary by document layout, inclusion of administration and/or scoring instructions, and documentation of subtest scoring (e.g., recording correct versus incorrect scores), among other differences. Many ADAS-Cog test administrators (raters) participate in multiple AD trials and switching between different ADAS-Cog worksheets may increase the likelihood of administration and/or scoring mistakes that lessen the reliability of the instrument. An anonymous online survey sought raters’ experiences with ADAS-Cog worksheets and their opinions on the design and content of the worksheets.

Results: Results of the survey indicated preference for structure and standardization of the ADASCog worksheets, which has been considered in the development of a standard ADAS-Cog source document by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) Working Group.

Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS), Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials, outcomes, rater, survey.


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