Quick Dementia Rating System: Cheap And Fast Diagnostic Method For Dementia

Quick Dementia Rating System: Cheap And Fast Diagnostic Method For Dementia
Dementia can be defined as a disease which affects the brain's ability to go through a clear process of thinking, reasoning and remembering. The disease can affect several parts of the brain and patients with dementia may face difficulties dealing with language, memory loss, impaired visual-spatial orientation, loss of problem solving skills and lack of attention. Although, dementia may come in various forms such as vascular, lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia, the most common form is Alzheimer's disease, which makes up to 70% of patients. It is worth noting that symptoms differ from one dementia to another and it is not uncommon for a patient to have two types of dementia at the same time. Recently, a research team at the Florida Atlantic University suggested a new diagnostic method, which takes only three to five minutes to determine weather a subject suffers from dementia. They called the method Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS), and bases itself on scientific methodology, evidence, validity and reliability to separate patients with and without dementia. The strength of this new methodology lies in detecting various forms of dementia in a short period of time. Methodologically, QDRS consists of a 10-item questionnaire that is graded from 0 to 30, designed to capture symptoms of the different types of dementia. Higher scores represent patients with severe dementia. In the study, a total of 267 subjects participated including 32 healthy controls, with the results proving satisfactory. It is unfortunate to say that dementia affects an average of 36 million people. It is known that the disease develops in progressive stages and usually becomes more serious with age. In early stages of dementia, signs and symptoms of t
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