Comparison of the test of everyday functional abilities with a direct measure of daily function

Myron F. Weiner, Helena R. Gehrmann, Linda S. Hynan, Kathleen C. Saine, C. Munro Cullum

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Objectives: To compare scores for dementia patients on a newly developed direct test of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) to scores on a widely accepted functional measure. Methods: In 27 community-dwelling dementia patients, scores for the Test of Everyday Functional Ability (TEFA) were compared with scores on a widely used direct test of daily function (Independent Living Scale; ILS). Results: Mini-Mental State Examination scores ranged from 5 to 28 (mean ± SD = 20.7 ± 6.37). There was a highly significant correlation between total TEFA and total ILS scores (r(25) = 0.892, p < 0.001) as well as many of the comparable sub-scales. Conclusion: The TEFA is a valid measure of IADL competence for dementia patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Activities of daily living
  • Dementia, assessment
  • Instrumental activities of daily living
  • Test of everyday Functional Abilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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