Purpose: To measure cognitive functioning in adults with cognitive impairment
Candidates: 56-105 years
Time: 15-30 minutes
The Dementia Rating Scale–2 (DRS-2) assesses a patient’s overall level of cognitive functioning, and can be used to track changes in cognitive status over time. The DRS-2 measures deficits in a large range of higher cortical functions and differentiates deficits of varying severity levels.
The DRS-2 is useful in the assessment and progression of dementia of Alzheimer’s type, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and age-related dementia in mental retardation and Down’s syndrome.
The DRS-2 yields an overall level of cognitive functioning and five subscale scores, which provide additional information on specific abilities:
Within each subscale, the most difficult tasks are presented first. If the first one or two tasks in a subscale are performed well, subsequent tasks in the subscale are credited with a correct performance and the examiner proceeds to the next subscale—a procedure that significantly shortens the total testing time.