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Research Article  |   May 1993
Cognitive Performance in Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type: The Kitchen Task Assessment
Author Affiliations
  • Carolyn Baum, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Elias Michael Director and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology, and Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, Box 8066, 4567 Scott Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
  • Dorothy F. Edwards, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Article Information
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia / Neurologic Conditions / Research
Research Article   |   May 1993
Cognitive Performance in Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type: The Kitchen Task Assessment
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1993, Vol. 47, 431-436. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.5.431
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1993, Vol. 47, 431-436. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.5.431
Abstract

The Kitchen Task Assessment (KTA) is a functional measure that records the level of cognitive support required by a person with Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type (SDAT) to complete a cooking task successfully. The results allow the clinician to help caregivers understand the level of support the impaired person needs to perform daily living tasks. This paper presents the validity, and internal consistency of the KTA. Data were collected from 106 persons diagnosed with SDAT. Construct validity was established by examining the relationship between subjects’ performance on the KTA and standard neuropsychological measures.