Cognitive and depressive symptoms co-occur, complicating detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early dementia. In this study, discriminant validity of a novel computerized cognitive battery for MCI detection was evaluated after covariation for depressive symptom severity. In addition to the computerized battery, participants at two sites received the 30-item self-administered Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS; n = 72); those at two other centers received the observer-administered Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD; n = 88). In both cohorts, a Global Cognitive Score and memory, executive function, visual spatial, and verbal index scores discriminated among cognitively healthy, MCI, and mild dementia groups after covariation for GDS or CSDD, respectively (p < 0.05). Thus, the computerized battery for detection of mild impairment is robust to comorbid depressive symptoms, supporting its clinical utility in identifying neurodegenerative disease even in elderly with depression.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias|
|State||Published - 2006|
- Cognitive assessment
- Computerized battery
- Mild cognitive impairment