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Capacity to vote in persons with dementia and the elderly.

Irastorza LJ, Corujo P, Bañuelos P - Int J Alzheimers Dis (2011)

Bottom Line: The capacity to vote in patients with mental illness is increasingly questioned.The results were more positive for the Doe criteria (as part of the CAT-V), and a correlation was found with the MMSE in subjects with dementia and, to a lesser degree, in the controls.We conclude that the capacity to vote is related to cognitive deterioration and, within that, is more related to understanding and appreciation.

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Affiliation: MHC Arganda, Juan de la Cierva 20, Arganda del Rey, 28500 Madrid, Spain.

ABSTRACT
The capacity to vote in patients with mental illness is increasingly questioned. The objective of this study is to evaluate this capacity in a group of subjects with dementia (Alzheimer's disease) and other elderly subjects without dementia. With a sample of 68 subjects with dementia and 25 controls living in a senior residence, a transversal study was carried out over 4 months. Subjects were evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Competence Assessment Tool for voting (CAT-V). The results were more positive for the Doe criteria (as part of the CAT-V), and a correlation was found with the MMSE in subjects with dementia and, to a lesser degree, in the controls. We conclude that the capacity to vote is related to cognitive deterioration and, within that, is more related to understanding and appreciation.

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Relation of Mini-Mental State Examination scores to Doe criteria in 68 patients with Alzheimer's disease.
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fig1: Relation of Mini-Mental State Examination scores to Doe criteria in 68 patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Mentions: In the group of patients with dementia, there is a correlation between the MMSE and the Doe criteria: rs = 0.833, N = 68,  P < 0.0001. High scores on the Doe questions are associated with better development in MMSE (Figure 1). The figure shows that all subjects with severe dementia (MMSE < 12) scored 1 or less on the Doe questions and all those with mild dementia (except for one case that scored 1) scored 3 or higher on the Doe score. But those with moderate dementia had the greatest variability in the Doe, from 0 to 4.


Capacity to vote in persons with dementia and the elderly.

Irastorza LJ, Corujo P, Bañuelos P - Int J Alzheimers Dis (2011)

Relation of Mini-Mental State Examination scores to Doe criteria in 68 patients with Alzheimer's disease.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Relation of Mini-Mental State Examination scores to Doe criteria in 68 patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Mentions: In the group of patients with dementia, there is a correlation between the MMSE and the Doe criteria: rs = 0.833, N = 68,  P < 0.0001. High scores on the Doe questions are associated with better development in MMSE (Figure 1). The figure shows that all subjects with severe dementia (MMSE < 12) scored 1 or less on the Doe questions and all those with mild dementia (except for one case that scored 1) scored 3 or higher on the Doe score. But those with moderate dementia had the greatest variability in the Doe, from 0 to 4.

Bottom Line: The capacity to vote in patients with mental illness is increasingly questioned.The results were more positive for the Doe criteria (as part of the CAT-V), and a correlation was found with the MMSE in subjects with dementia and, to a lesser degree, in the controls.We conclude that the capacity to vote is related to cognitive deterioration and, within that, is more related to understanding and appreciation.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: MHC Arganda, Juan de la Cierva 20, Arganda del Rey, 28500 Madrid, Spain.

ABSTRACT
The capacity to vote in patients with mental illness is increasingly questioned. The objective of this study is to evaluate this capacity in a group of subjects with dementia (Alzheimer's disease) and other elderly subjects without dementia. With a sample of 68 subjects with dementia and 25 controls living in a senior residence, a transversal study was carried out over 4 months. Subjects were evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Competence Assessment Tool for voting (CAT-V). The results were more positive for the Doe criteria (as part of the CAT-V), and a correlation was found with the MMSE in subjects with dementia and, to a lesser degree, in the controls. We conclude that the capacity to vote is related to cognitive deterioration and, within that, is more related to understanding and appreciation.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus