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Behavioral Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease Rating Scale (BEHAVE-AD): Validación Española

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M Boada, L Tarraga, G Modinos, S Diego, B Reisberg

Translated title of the contributionBehavioral Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease Rating Scale (BEHAVE-AD): Spanish Validation
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
Issue number1
PublishedJan 2006

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The Behavioral Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease Rating Scale (BEHAVE-AD) is a screening instrument for the evaluation of behavioral disturbances in Alzheimer's patients. Our aim was to validate the BEHAVE-AD test in Spanish, intended for use in routine clinical practice.


We assessed the validity of the BEHAVEAD in 79 nursing-home patients with diagnosis criteria of dementia, scoring 4 or higher on the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) scale, by developing a crossed validated form between the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Questionnaire (NPI-Q) and BEHAVE-AD tests. Both instruments were rated by an expert clinician. In order to study the concurrent validity of some of the BEHAVE-AD subscales, we compared the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) tests.


The Pearson correlation index between the BEHAVE-AD test and the NPI-Q, was significant but moderate (r=0.694). Pearson's correlation between BEHAVEAD's symptoms scale and NPI-Q's severity scale was r=0.698. When comparing BEHAVE-AD's global evaluation scale (caregiver's disturbance) and NPI-Q's distress scale, the correlation index was 0.535.


The BEHAVE-AD Spanish version offers the possibility to use a screening tool for the detection of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia patients, also applicable to nursing home residents, administered by an expert clinician.

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