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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632431/psychometric-testing-of-a-swedish-version-of-the-apathy-evaluation-scale
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Maurits Johansson, Per Johansson, Erik Stomrud, Peter Hagell, Oskar Hansson
BACKGROUND: Apathy, a prevalent and clinically relevant symptom in neurodegenerative disease, is often evaluated by the instrument Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES). However, this instrument has not been translated into Swedish, halting clinical and research efforts. Furthermore, previous studies lack analyses of some basic properties, such as the legitimacy of a total score, or have analysed dimensionality by questionable methods. AIM: To translate and psychometrically evaluate a Swedish version of the AES...
June 20, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606500/is-there-a-specific-psychiatric-background-or-personality-profile-in-functional-dystonia
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Aleksandra Tomić, Igor Petrović, Danilo Pešić, Marija Mitković Vončina, Marina Svetel, Nataša Dragašević Mišković, Aleksandra Potrebić, Dušica Lečić Toševski, Vladimir S Kostić
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify if there was a specific difference between patients with functional dystonia (DysF) and those with adult-onset, isolated idiopathic ("primary") dystonia (DysP) in terms of psychiatric disorders, psychological stressor, dissociation correlates, and personality traits. METHODS: Thirty-nine clinically definite DysF and 30 DysP patients matched by age, gender and dystonia distribution underwent psychiatric interview based on DSM-5 criteria and additional testings for global cognitive and psychiatric functions (Mini-Mental State Examination, Hamilton Depression and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, Apathy Scale, Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire-20, Dissociative Experiences Scale II, and the five-dimensional Revised Neuroticism-Extroversion-Openness Personality Inventory)...
June 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585294/ichthyosis-fetalis-in-a-cross-bred-lamb
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Antonio Carlos Lopes Câmara, Pedro Augusto Cordeiro Borges, Silvano Alves Paiva, Felipe Pierezan, Benito Soto-Blanco
BACKGROUND: Ichthyosis is a dermatological disease characterized by varying degrees of generalized hyperkeratosis and alopecia. Two congenital forms of ichthyosis are recognized in animals: fetalis (IF) and congenita. The disease occurs rarely in cattle, swine, dogs, chickens and a goat; it has not been reported in sheep. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To provide clinical, laboratory and pathological assessments of a case of IF in a cross-bred lamb. ANIMALS: A male cross-bred lamb...
June 5, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579759/a-randomized-trial-of-individual-versus-group-format-exercise-and-self-management-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-comorbid-depression
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Martha Sajatovic, Angela L Ridgel, Ellen M Walter, Curtis M Tatsuoka, Kari Colón-Zimmermann, Riane K Ramsey, Elisabeth Welter, Steven A Gunzler, Christina M Whitney, Benjamin L Walter
BACKGROUND: Depression is common in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), and exercise is known to improve depression and PD. However, lack of motivation and low self-efficacy can make exercise difficult for people with PD and comorbid depression (PD-Dep). A combined group exercise and chronic disease self-management (CDSM) program may improve the likeli-hood that individuals will engage in exercise and will show a reduction in depression symptoms. The purpose of this study was to compare changes in depression in PD-Dep between individual versus group exercise plus CDSM and to examine participant adherence and perception of the interventions...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579482/precuneus-degeneration-and-isolated-apathy-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Jung Hwan Shin, Seong A Shin, Jee-Young Lee, Hyunwoo Nam, Jae-Sung Lim, Yu Kyeong Kim
INTRODUCTION: To investigate isolated apathy in a set of consecutively enrolled Parkinson's disease (PD) patients without dementia, depression, and significant motor response fluctuations, by conducting neuropsychological and neuroimaging analyses. METHODS: One hundred twenty-four patients were eligible for inclusion in this study. Clinical information and data were collected from a predefined neuropsychological test battery, including the mini-mental status examination, apathy scale, geriatric depression scale, digit span test, Boston naming test, Seoul verbal learning test, controlled oral word association test, go-no-go test, and the Rey figure copy test...
June 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578330/the-efficacy-of-high-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-improving-apathy-in-chronic-stroke-patients
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Nobuyuki Sasaki, Takatoshi Hara, Naoki Yamada, Masachika Niimi, Wataru Kakuda, Masahiro Abo
Although repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for hemiparesis is beneficial, so far no study has examined the usefulness of rTMS for apathy. Thirteen patients with chronic stroke were assigned randomly to 2 groups: rTMS group (n = 7) and sham stimulation group (n = 6). The patients received 5 sessions of either high-frequency rTMS over the region spanning from the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) to medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) or sham stimulation for 5 days. The severity of apathy was evaluated using the Apathy Scale (AS) and the severity of depression was evaluated using the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS) serially before and after the 5-day protocol...
June 3, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566022/six-month-follow-up-of-recovery-oriented-cognitive-therapy-for-low-functioning-individuals-with-schizophrenia
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Paul M Grant, Keith Bredemeier, Aaron T Beck
OBJECTIVE: The study examined six-month follow-up results and the impact of length of illness on treatment outcomes of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R). METHODS: Sixty outpatients (mean age 38.4 years, 33% female, 65% African American) with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and elevated negative symptoms were randomly assigned to CT-R or standard treatment. Assessments were conducted at baseline, midtreatment (six and 12 months), end of treatment (18 months), and follow-up (24 months, N=46 after attrition) by assessors blind to treatment condition...
June 1, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493898/apathy-but-not-depression-is-associated-with-executive-dysfunction-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Valerie Lohner, Rebecca L Brookes, Matthew J Hollocks, Robin G Morris, Hugh S Markus
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of apathy and depression in cerebral small vessel disease (SVD), and the relationships between both apathy and depression with cognition. To examine whether apathy is specifically related to impairment in executive functioning and processing speed. METHODS: 196 patients with a clinical lacunar stroke and an anatomically corresponding lacunar infarct on MRI were compared to 300 stroke-free controls. Apathy and depression were measured using the Geriatric Depression Scale, and cognitive functioning was assessed using an SVD cognitive screening tool, the Brief Memory and Executive Test, which measures executive functioning/processing speed and memory/orientation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452648/irt-analysis-of-the-frontal-systems-behavior-scale-identifying-the-best-items-for-use-with-geriatric-patients-in-primary-care
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Allison J Midden, Benjamin T Mast
OBJECTIVE: The Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe) (Grace & Malloy, 2001) assesses behavioral dysfunction associated with frontal-subcortical damage; it is often used to measure these indicators of executive dysfunction in older adults with possible dementia. Although prior research supports the FrSBe's clinical utility and factorial validity, little attempt has been made to examine which items are most useful for geriatric cases. The goal of the present study is to identify these items...
January 12, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434642/-late-life-depression-or-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease-which-tools-for-the-differential-diagnosis
#10
A-I Gasser, V Salamin, S Zumbach
INTRODUCTION: Depression and Alzheimer's disease are both very frequent in elderly people. Cognitive deficits are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, but they are also common in depressed elderly people who often present cognitive deficits such as memory, attention and executive function problems. On the other hand, people with early Alzheimer's disease demonstrate emotional and behavioral disorders generally encountered in depression such as loss of energy, apathy, mood disorder, and irritability...
April 20, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431489/apathy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-insights-from-dimensional-apathy-scale
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Gabriella Santangelo, Mattia Siciliano, Luigi Trojano, Cinzia Femiano, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Francesca Trojsi
OBJECTIVES: Apathy is associated with cognitive decline and worse survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); an accurate evaluation of this aspect is relevant in clinical settings. The aims of this study are to evaluate the prevalence of apathy in a large ALS sample, using published diagnostic criteria, and to explore the psychometric properties, the sensitivity and the specificity of the Dimensional Apathy Scale (DAS) as a screening tool for apathy. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-one patients underwent clinical interview based on diagnostic criteria for apathy, DAS, Apathy Evaluation Scale, and assessment of depression, global cognitive functioning, and non-verbal intelligence...
April 21, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425238/depression-and-parkinson-disease-prevalence-temporal-relationship-and-determinants
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Hale Yapici Eser, Hatice Ayşe Bora, Aslı Kuruoğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Comorbidity of depression in Parkinson disease (PD) is a major factor that changes patients' quality of life. However, the neurobiological and sociodemographic risk factors for this comorbidity are not well studied. In this study, we aimed to define the prevalence, temporal relationship, and psychosocial and clinical determinants of depression comorbid with PD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-five PD patients were evaluated with SCID, a data form that assessed sociodemographic and PD-related variables, UPDRS III, HAM-D, HAM-A, MMSE, and the Apathy Evaluation Scale...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418163/psychometric-properties-of-the-apathy-evaluation-scale-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Ulrike Lueken, Ricarda Evens, Monika Balzer-Geldsetzer, Simon Baudrexel, Richard Dodel, Susanne Gräber-Sultan, Rüdiger Hilker-Roggendorf, Elke Kalbe, Oliver Kaut, Brit Mollenhauer, Kathrin Reetz, Eva Schäffer, Nele Schmidt, Jörg B Schulz, Annika Spottke, Karsten Witt, Katharina Linse, Alexander Storch, Oliver Riedel
Parkinson's disease (PD) frequently entails non-motor symptoms, worsening the course of the disease. Apathy is one of the core neuropsychiatric symptoms that has been investigated in recent years; research is however hampered by the limited availability of well-evaluated apathy scales for these patients. We evaluated the psychometric properties of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) in a sample of PD patients. Psychometric properties, convergent and discriminant validity and sensitivity/specificity were evaluated in patients with (n = 582) or without dementia/depression (n = 339)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413709/awareness-apathy-and-depression-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Jean-Pierre Jacus
INTRODUCTION: Results from studies on awareness disorders in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are controversial because the methodologies, the "objects" of awareness, and the patients' pathologic stage all vary. Our study aimed to compare scores and correlates of awareness according to the stage of the disease and the assessment method. METHODS: We compared 20 mild AD patients to 20 mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients, using the Patient Competency Rating Scale (PCRS; patient vs...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406265/symptoms-of-apathy-independently-predict-incident-frailty-and-disability-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Emmeline Ayers, Miriam Shapiro, Roee Holtzer, Nir Barzilai, Sofiya Milman, Joe Verghese
OBJECTIVE: Although depressive symptoms are widely recognized as a predictor of functional decline among older adults, little is known about the predictive utility of apathy in this population. We prospectively examined apathy symptoms as predictors of incident slow gait, frailty, and disability among non-demented, community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: We examined 2 independent prospective cohort studies-the LonGenity study (N = 625, 53% women, mean age = 75...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399152/tackling-psychosocial-maladjustment-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-following-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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Joao Flores Alves Dos Santos, Sophie Tezenas du Montcel, Marcella Gargiulo, Cecile Behar, Sébastien Montel, Thierry Hergueta, Soledad Navarro, Hayat Belaid, Pauline Cloitre, Carine Karachi, Luc Mallet, Marie-Laure Welter
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an effective treatment for the motor and non-motor signs of Parkinson's disease (PD), however, psychological disorders and social maladjustment have been reported in about one third of patients after STN-DBS. We propose here a perioperative psychoeducation programme to limit such social and familial disruption. METHODS: Nineteen PD patients and carers were included in a randomised single blind study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389975/assessment-of-apathy-minimising-the-effect-of-motor-dysfunctions-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-validation-study-of-the-dimensional-apathy-scale
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Gabriella Santangelo, Alfonsina D'Iorio, Fausta Piscopo, Sofia Cuoco, Katia Longo, Marianna Amboni, Chiara Baiano, Domenico Tafuri, Maria Teresa Pellecchia, Paolo Barone, Carmine Vitale
PURPOSE: Apathy is associated with motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD); therefore, its evaluation could be influenced by motor disability. The Dimensional Apathy Scale (DAS) evaluates apathy excluding confounding effects of motor symptoms. The present study had three major aims: (a) to explore the psychometric properties of the DAS in non-demented PD patients; (b) to determine an optimal cut-off score of the DAS to identify apathetic PD patients; and (c) to determine a specific apathy profile in PD patients as compared to healthy controls (HC)...
April 7, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370353/thriving-in-relation-to-cognitive-impairment-and-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-in-swedish-nursing-home-residents
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Sabine Björk, Hugo Lövheim, Marie Lindkvist, Anders Wimo, David Edvardsson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore relations among thriving, cognitive function, and neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in nursing home residents. METHODS: A national, cross-sectional, randomized study of Swedish nursing home residents (N = 4831) was conducted between November 2013 and September 2014. Activities of daily life functioning, cognitive functioning, NPS, and thriving were assessed with the Katz activities of daily living, Gottfries' Cognitive Scale, Nursing Home version of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory, and Thriving of Older People Scale, respectively...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340390/the-association-of-eating-performance-and-environmental-stimulation-among-older-adults-with-dementia-in-nursing-homes-a-secondary-analysis
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Wen Liu, Ying-Ling Jao, Kristine Williams
BACKGROUND: Nursing home residents with dementia experience increased risk for compromised eating performance due to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. Environmental stimulation is physical, social, and/or sensory stimulation present in the environment that can potentially trigger individuals' emotion or motivate physical reactions. Beyond the personal factors, there is a lack of evidence on how environmental stimulation influences individuals' eating performance at mealtimes...
June 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331022/effect-of-non-pharmacological-intervention-for-apathy-response-to-one-on-one-reminiscence-based-intervention
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Akira Okada, Tetsuya Ueda
Apathy has adverse consequences for patients and caregivers. However, the therapeutic approach remains uncertain. Here, we present the case of a man aged 67 years who only developed apathy after surgery for oesophageal cancer. He showed no response to intervention with donepezil, a 'brain training' video game and psychoeducation for apathy. Subsequently, we implemented a programme designed to facilitate recall of 2 themes (editorial content and television shows during the week) once a week. After 3 months, the scores of 2 apathy scales rated by the patient's wife, psychological test scores and brain perfusion single-photon emission CT data improved compared with those obtained before intervention...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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