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Addenbrooke's cognitive examination III in the diagnosis of dementia: a critical review

Authors Bruno D, Schurmann Vignaga S

Received 1 November 2018

Accepted for publication 19 January 2019

Published 15 February 2019 Volume 2019:15 Pages 441—447


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

Diana Bruno,1,2 Sofia Schurmann Vignaga1

1Instituto de Investigación en Psicología Básica y Aplicada (IIPBA), Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Universidad Católica de Cuyo, J5400 Rivadavia, San Juan, Argentina; 2Neuropsicología y Rehabilitación Cognitiva, Instituto de Neurociencias Cognitivas y Traslacional (INCyT), Fundación INECO, Universidad Favaloro, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: Addenbrooke’s cognitive examination III is a screening test that is composed of tests of attention, orientation, memory, language, visual perceptual and visuospatial skills. It is useful in the detection of cognitive impairment, especially in the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and fronto-temporal dementia. The aim of this study is to do a critical review of the Addenbrooke’s cognitive examination III. The different language versions available and research about the different variables that have relationship with the performance of the subject in the ACE-III are listed. The ACE-III is a detection technique that can differentiate patients with and without cognitive impairment, is sensitive to the early stages of dementia, and is available in different languages. However, further research is needed to obtain optimal cutoffs for the different versions and to evaluate the impact of different age, gender, IQ, and education variables on the performance of the test.

Keywords: dementia, cognitive assessment, memory, screening, cognitive impairment

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