Psychological Medicine

Original Articles

A short form of the Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE): development and cross-validation

A. F. Jorma1 c1

a1 NH&MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Abstract

Data from four studies were used to assess the psychometric properties of the 26 IQCODE items. The items were assessed in terms of item–total correlations, test–retest reliabilities, correlations with indicators of current cognitive functioning and correlations with indicators of pre-morbid cognitive functioning. These data were used to develop a 16-item short form. The short form was cross-validated in a new sample using dementia/delirium diagnosis as the validity standard. It was found to perform as well as the long form.

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr A. F. Jorm, NH&MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.

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