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OBJECTIVES: To examine the level and clinical correlates of aggressive behaviour in Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHOD: Seventy patients with probable AD were rated using validated assessment instruments including the Rating Scale for Aggressive Behaviour in the Elderly (RAGE). RESULTS: Thirty-one subjects were rated as at least mildly aggressive during the 3-day period prior to assessment. RAGE scores correlated significantly with delusions and activity disturbance scores. Aggressive behaviour was not associated with age, sex, dementia severity, hallucinations or depression. CONCLUSIONS: Aggressive behaviour occurs frequently in patients with AD. Our results confirm the findings of previous studies that the presence of delusions increases the risk of aggression in this population.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry

Publication Date

02/1998

Volume

13

Pages

109 - 115

Keywords

Aged, Aggression, Alzheimer Disease, Delusions, Disease Progression, Female, Humans, Male, Predictive Value of Tests, Psychological Tests, Severity of Illness Index