Predicting functional ability in mild cognitive impairment with the Dementia Rating Scale-2

Melanie C. Greenaway, Noah L. Duncan, Sherrie Hanna, Glenn E. Smith

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Background: We examined the utility of cognitive evaluation to predict instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) and decisional ability in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Methods: Sixty-seven individuals with single-domain amnestic MCI were administered the Dementia Rating Scale-2 (DRS-2) as well as the Everyday Cognition assessment form to assess functional ability. Results: The DRS-2 Total Scores and Initiation/Perseveration and Memory subscales were found to be predictive of IADLs, with Total Scores accounting for 19% of the variance in IADL performance on average. In addition, the DRS-2 Initiation/Perseveration and Total Scores were predictive of ability to understand information, and the DRS-2 Conceptualization helped predict ability to communicate with others, both key variables in decision-making ability. Conclusions: These findings suggest that performance on the DRS-2, and specific subscales related to executive function and memory, is significantly related to IADLs in individuals with MCI. These cognitive measures are also associated with decision-making-related abilities in MCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)987-993
Number of pages7
JournalInternational psychogeriatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • activities of daily living
  • cognitive ability
  • decision-making ability
  • mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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