MEDAFILE is a web-site that
provides medical information files to individuals and to
medical practitioners (physicians and other health care
providers). The focus is Alzheimer's disease.
MEDAFILE MANUAL for ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - for
families, clinicians, and researchers: This
developing manual is dedicated to providing useful information
on Alzheimer's disease, forms for the evaluation of
patients with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia,
diagnostic recommendations, management suggestions, and
ARTICLE AND BOOK CHAPTER ON:
HOW TO DIAGNOSE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
- for clinicians
Ashford, J.W., Schmitt, F.A., Kumar, V. Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
Psychiatric Annals, 26(5):262-268. 1996.
Ashford, J.W., Schmitt, F.A., Kumar, V. Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.>br>CHAPTER 5.
In: Vinod Kumar, M.D., MRC Psych. Carl Eisdorfer, Ph.D., M.D.
Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
Springer Publishing Company, New York. 1998.
CLINICAL EVALUATION FORMS AVAILABLE:
- A-Screen is a test that is recommended for primary care practitioners
to screen patients over the age of 60 years for possible cognitive
impairment. - The standard MMSE, as a group of items to
be arithmetically summed, is not recommended
by this site. Note that there have been recent attempts to pull
this test from the public domain by the new owners of the copyright, who
have also obtained a trademark for this widely used term. As a clear
public domain alternative, the Stanford / VA Alzheimer Center has developed
the Brief Cognitive Exam.
A better approach to dementia severity measurement is to complete the
"Item Response Analysis" version of the MMSE, provided here, and
calculate an estimate of the relative number of years into Alzheimer's
MMSEi. The extended version,
MMSEe, provides a broader assessment.
TREATMENTS for preventing Alzheimer's disease (under