Detection Test for Language Impairments in Adults and the Aged-A New Screening Test for Language Impairment Associated With Neurodegenerative Diseases: Validation and Normative Data

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2017 Nov;32(7):382-392. doi: 10.1177/1533317517715905. Epub 2017 Jun 22.


To date, there is no quick screening test that could be used during routine office visits to accurately assess language disorders in neurodegenerative diseases. To fill this important gap, we developed the Detection Test for Language impairments in Adults and the Aged (DTLA), a quick, sensitive, standardized screening test designed to assess language disorders in adults and the elderly individuals. In Study 1, we describe the development of the DTLA. In Study 2, we report data on the DTLA's validity and reliability. Finally, in Study 3, we establish normative data for the test. The DTLA has good convergent and discriminant validity as well as good internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Norms for the DTLA obtained from a sample of 545 healthy, community-dwelling, French-speaking adults from 4 French-speaking countries (Belgium, Canada (Quebec), France, and Switzerland) are provided. The development, validation, and standardization of the DTLA constitute a significant effort to meet the need for a language screening test adapted to neurodegenerative diseases.

Keywords: dementia; language abilities screening instrument; normative data; primary progressive aphasia; validity.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aphasia / diagnosis
  • Belgium
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Language Tests*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Reproducibility of Results*
  • Switzerland