Kingston Standardized Behavioural Assessment (KSBA)
Since progressive dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are characterized by behavioural as well as cognitive disturbances, the Kingston Standardized Behavioural Assessment was designed to complement cognitive assessment tools such as the KSCA-R, by providing an indication of the number of behavioural symptoms associated with dementia which are currently affecting an individual.
Since both the placement and introduction of home support services, not to mention caregiver stress, are almost always triggered by behavioural and not cognitive issues, a behavioural analysis of the individual is of great importance and not something that can be gained as easily or systematically from other sources.
The KSBA also provides caregivers with comparative data to assist them in making difficult decisions about the required level of care. The information can be used to facilitate the introduction of home support services which can help to alleviate the distress and sense of guilt caregivers often experience. Likewise, for patients already in long-term care settings, the KSBA allows staff to monitor and assess the behavioural status of an individual and institute further professional assessments or consultations.
Hopkins R, Kilik L, Day D, Bradford L, Rows C, (2006) “Kingston Standardized Behavioural Assessment” The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 21: 339-346.
Kilik L, Hopkins R, Day D, Prince C, Prince P, Rows C. (2008) “The progression of behaviour in dementia: An in-office guide for clinicians.” The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias,23:242-249. (Originally published online Feb 13, 2008).