Normative data for the Dementia Rating Scale-2 in the French-Quebec population

Clin Neuropsychol. 2013;27(7):1150-66. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2013.825010. Epub 2013 Aug 14.


The Dementia Rating Scale-2 is used to measure cognitive status of adults with cognitive impairment, especially of the degenerative type, by assessing five cognitive functions, namely attention, initiation/perseveration, construction, conceptualization, and memory. The present study aimed to establish normative data for this test in the elderly French-Quebec population. A total of 432 French-speaking elders from the province of Quebec (Canada), aged 50 to 85 years, were administered the Dementia Rating Scale-2. Age and education were found to be associated with the total score on the test, while gender was not. Percentile ranks were then calculated for age- and education-stratified groups. Previous studies have shown that cultural background can affect performance on the DRS and the development of culture-specific norms for French-speaking Quebecers could be very useful to clinicians and researchers working with this population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Attention
  • Cognition Disorders / psychology*
  • Concept Formation
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests / standards*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / standards*
  • Quebec
  • Reference Values