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The Geriatric Mental State (GMS) used in the community: replication studies of the computerized diagnosis AGECAT

  • J. R. M. Copeland (a1), M. E. Dewey (a1), A. S. Henderson (a1), D. W. K. Kay (a1), C. D. Neal (a1), M. A. M. Harrison (a1), C. McWilliam (a1), D. Forshaw (a1) and R. Shiwach (a1)...

Three studies are reported using the Geriatric Mental State in one of its community forms on a total of 647 subjects aged over 65 and living in their own homes. The concordance between the computer diagnosis AGECAT and psychiatrists' diagnosis is at least as good in these replication samples as in the original studies (Copeland et al. 1986). AGECAT has been shown to be useful for epidemiological surveys and as a diagnostic guide for non-medical interviewers.

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1Address for correspondence. Professor J. R. M. Copeland, University Department of Psychiatry, Royal Liverpool Hospital, PO Box 147, Liverpool L69 3BX.
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