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DOMS Can Be Used To Measure:

  • Function
    Measures basic and more advance abilities to manage everyday activities.  Loss of functional abilities is one of the major determinants of people being admitted to long-term care.
    Go to Function Dementia Assessment Measures >
  • Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
    (Also called non-cognitive symptoms, neuropsychiatric symptoms, challenging behaviours)
    They include symptoms of disturbed perception, thought content and mood, physical aggression, screaming, restlessness, agitation, wandering, culturally inappropriate behaviours, sexual disinhibition, hoarding, apathy, cursing and shadowing.
    Go to Behaviour and Psychological Dementia Assessment Measures (BPSD) >
  • Delirium
    A reversible but dramatic rapid change in cognitive functioning, and is characterised by hallucinations, clouding of consciousness, misinterpretation of events and sleep disturbance. It may last for 30 days, and results from a treatable underlying physiological condition such as drug intoxication, metabolic imbalance, nutritional deficiency, fever and cardiovascular disorder.
    Go to Delirium Assessment Measures >
  • Depression
    A reversible change in mood that can affect cognitive functioning to varying degrees, but it can be so severe as to be confused with dementia symptoms.  Inspection of performance can help distinguish depression from irreversible dementia.  In reality, depression and irreversible dementia often occur together.  Treating the depressive symptoms may alleviate some of the cognitive impairment.
    Go to Depression Assessment Measures >
  • Quality of Life
    Go to Quality of Life Assessment Measures >
  • Frontotemporal Assessment (Added post DOMS 2007)
    There are two types of frontal assessments:
    1. Frontal Executive Function
    2. Frontal Neuropsychiatric (behaviour)
    Go to Frontotemporal Assessment Measures >
  • Individual Symptoms
    Go to Individual Symptoms Assessment Measures >
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