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October 3, 2007

Dementia and Activities of Daily Living—Reply

JAMA. 2007;298(13):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.298.13.1515-c

In Reply: Dr Coto-Yglesias comments on the importance that IADL queries can play in an assessment for dementia or mild cognitive impairment. IADLs are more complex tasks than activities of daily living and thus could be more likely to be affected earlier in the course of cognitive decline. As with all screening tests, discrimination of more severe cognitive impairment via functional questionnaires is easier than discrimination of milder cases.1

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