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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CUSTODIO, Nilton et al. Evaluation of apathy in Parkinson’s disease and available scales for its measurement in neuropsychiatric research and clinical practice. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2018, vol.81, n.2, pp.103-112. ISSN 0034-8597.

The evaluation of apathy in neuropsychiatric pathology is very important in research and in clinical practice. Many times their symptoms are underdiagnosed as part of depression and other conditions. The present review addresses the scales most used in recent decades for the assessment of apathy and offers recommendations and general assessments of their use and utility based on the available literature. Apart from the differences between scales, the task of standardizing the diagnosis of apathy in clinical practice and national research is a need that should not be postponed by having sufficient and appropriate tools to date that have evolved from the definition of Marin to the Dimensional Apathy Scale (DAS). It is suggested that studies validate and culturally adapt these tools to our population environment and put into practice the quantitative measurement of apathy in the clinical environment.

Keywords : Apathy; neuropsychiatry; measurements; methods and theories.

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