Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

Biol Psychiatry. 1988 Feb 1;23(3):271-84. doi: 10.1016/0006-3223(88)90038-8.


The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia is introduced. This is a 19-item clinician-administered instrument that uses information from interviews with both the patient and a nursing staff member, a method suitable for demented patients. The scale has high interrater reliability (kw = 0.67), internal consistency (coefficient alpha: 0.84), and sensitivity. Total Cornell Scale scores correlate (0.83) with depressive subtypes of various intensity classified according to Research Diagnostic Criteria.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dementia / complications*
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Psychometrics