Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

TitleCornell Scale for Depression in Dementia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsAlexopoulos G.S, Abrams R.C, Young R.C, Shamoian C.A
JournalBiol Psychiatry
Date PublishedFeb 1
ISBN Number0006-3223 (Print)<br/>0006-3223 (Linking)
Accession Number3337862
Keywords*Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Dementia/*complications, Depressive Disorder/complications/*diagnosis, Humans, Middle Aged, Psychometrics

The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia is introduced. This is a 19-item clinician-administered instrument that uses information from interviews with both the patient and a nursing staff member, a method suitable for demented patients. The scale has high interrater reliability (kw = 0.67), internal consistency (coefficient alpha: 0.84), and sensitivity. Total Cornell Scale scores correlate (0.83) with depressive subtypes of various intensity classified according to Research Diagnostic Criteria.