The clinical utility of the geriatric anxiety inventory in older adults with cognitive impairment

Boddice, Geoffrey, Pachana, Nancy A. and Byrne, Gerard J. (2008) The clinical utility of the geriatric anxiety inventory in older adults with cognitive impairment. Nursing Older People, 20 8: 36-39.


Author Boddice, Geoffrey
Pachana, Nancy A.
Byrne, Gerard J.
Title The clinical utility of the geriatric anxiety inventory in older adults with cognitive impairment
Journal name Nursing Older People   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-0795
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 8
Start page 36
End page 39
Total pages 4
Editor L. Thomas
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher R C N Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Abstract The assessment of anxiety can be difficult in older populations. In particular, the assessment of anxiety in long-term care settings can be problematic, because patients may be experiencing some level of cognitive impairment as well as co-existing medical conditions. The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) is a brief, 20-item anxiety screening tool validated previously in community and outpatient samples of older adults. In this series of studies the predictive validity of the instrument in residential care settings is examined. Results indicated that classification of presence or absence of anxiety symptoms by the GAI was not significantly associated with an individual’s cognitive status, in either community dwelling or residential care samples. In addition, data supported the predictive validity of the GAI in residential care settings with respect to diagnosis of anxiety disorders. Thus the GAI may be a useful measure to assess anxiety symptoms in residential care.
Q-Index Code C1
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