Vol. 5 nº 4 - Oct/Nov/Dec de 2011
Views & Reviews Páginas: 297 a 302

Judgment in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease

Authors Patrícia Helena Figueirêdo Vale Capucho1; Sonia Maria Dozzi Brucki2


keywords: judgment, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Judgment is the capacity to make decisions after considering available information, contextual factors, possible solutions and probable outcomes. Our aim was to investigate previous research studies regarding assessment of judgment in older adults with different degrees of cognitive impairment. To this end, a search of Pubmed and Lilacs electronic databases for studies published from January 1990 until August 2011 in English, Spanish and Portuguese was carried out. The terms used were "judgment" combined with the terms "dementia" or "Mild Cognitive Impairment" (MCI) or "Alzheimer's disease" (AD). Some studies showed that MCI and AD patients had impaired judgment. There is a lack of specific methods to measure judgment capacity, and data on judgment abilities in older adults with MCI and dementia are scarce. No studies with specific measures of judgment capacity in other dementias were found.


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