Translation of clinical and neuropsychological instruments into French: the CERAD experience.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The increasing number of international and epidemiological studies of Alzheimer's disease points to the need for linguistically equivalent translations of measures for identifying the presence, types, and severity of dementia in cross-cultural populations. In translating the CERAD (Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease) neuropsychological instruments into French, several linguistic issues have emerged such as semantic, phonetic, and word-frequency equivalences. In verbal memory tests, these problems, though minor in appearance, can be major pitfalls in studies comparing cognitive function in populations differing in language. Description of the translation procedure and examples of problems encountered are presented, with measures taken to resolve them.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Demers, P; Robillard, A; Laflèche, G; Nash, F; Heyman, A; Fillenbaum, G

Published Date

  • November 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 449 - 451

PubMed ID

  • 9231936

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-0729

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ageing/23.6.449


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England