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Abstract

SANCHEZ, Maria Angélica dos Santos  and  LOURENCO, Roberto Alves. Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE): cross-cultural adaptation for use in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.7, pp. 1455-1465. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2009000700003.

This article presents the results of the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE) and the test-retest reliability of a version to be used in Brazil. An instrument review committee analyzed the conceptual and item equivalence. In order to analyze semantic equivalences, three translations and three back-translations were performed; a summary version was devised and pre-tested, and a test version elaborated. The Cronbach's ± coefficient and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) were used to measure the internal consistency and test-retest reliability, respectively. Of the 169 informants assessed, 97 were retested. A Cronbach's ± of 0.94 and an ICC of 0.92 were found. The reliability levels lead to the conclusion that the IQCODE-BR version is easy to comprehend. Satisfactory equivalence to the original version was observed.

Keywords : Questionnaires; Translating; Dementia.

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