Test battery for the diagnosis of dementia in individuals with intellectual disability

Diana B. Burt, E. H. Aylward

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A working battery of tests for the diagnosis of dementia, which is applicable to most adults with intellectual disability, is proposed by an international Working Group. The battery, reflecting contemporary research and practice findings, includes scales for informant report of functioning and tests for direct assessment. The Working Group recommends the international use of the battery both as part of ongoing and new longitudinal research, and in clinical practice. The widespread use of a common battery will enhance communication and collaborative opportunities among researchers and clinicians at various sites, and will help to standardize diagnostic protocols and research findings. The collaborative evaluation of such a battery will address one of the greatest challenges in the field, that of differentiating change associated with ageing from that associated with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000


  • Dementia
  • Diagnosis
  • Test battery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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