Disruptive behavior and actigraphic measures in home-dwelling patients with Alzheimer's disease: Preliminary report

Leah Friedman, Helena C. Kraemer, Vincent Zarcone, Stephanie Sage, Deryl Wicks, Donald L. Bliwise, Javaid Sheikh, Jared Tinklenberg, Jerome A. Yesavage

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Abstract

The purpose of this preliminary report was to explore overall level and diurnal patterning of caregiver reports of abnormal behavior and to explore relationships with actigraphic measures of sleep/wake activity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Our primary behavioral measure was the Time-based Behavioral Disturbance Questionnaire (TBDQ). The overall score on this measure was shown to have adequate test-retest reliability and convergent validity with another behavioral measure. Significant correlations were obtained between the TBDQ overall score and actigraphically scored sleep efficiency (r = -.35, P < .05) and wake after sleep onset (r =.43, P < .01) in 41 subjects. The data suggest a moderate relationship between actigraphic measures of sleep/wake and disturbed behavior in home-dwelling AD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-62
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Friedman, L., Kraemer, H. C., Zarcone, V., Sage, S., Wicks, D., Bliwise, D. L., Sheikh, J., Tinklenberg, J., & Yesavage, J. A. (1997). Disruptive behavior and actigraphic measures in home-dwelling patients with Alzheimer's disease: Preliminary report. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 10(2), 58-62.