Validation of the modified Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status (TICS-m) in Hebrew

Michal Schnaider Beeri, Perla Werner, Michael Davidson, James Schmidler, Jeremy Silverman

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Introduction: The validity of the Hebrew version of the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status-Modified (TICS-m) for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), for dementia, and for cognitive impairment (either MCI or dementia) was investigated. Methods: Of the 10 059 who took part of the Israel Ischemic Heart Disease Cohort, 1902 of the 2901 survivors in 1999 had TICS-m interviews. Those with a score of 27 or below and a random sample with a score of 28 or 29 were invited to have a physician's examination for the diagnosis of dementia. The analysis was performed on the 576 who agreed. Results: Based on physician's diagnosis, 269 were diagnosed as suffering from dementia, 128 as suffering from MCI, and 179 were diagnosed with no cognitive impairment. The TICS-m Hebrew version's internal consistency was very high (Cronbach's alpha = 0.98) and showed a strong convergent validity with the MMSE (r = 0.82; p < 0.0005). The sensitivity was 100% for each of the conditions. Finally, after controlling for age, education and hearing impairment, TICS-m was a strong predictor of dementia, MCI and cognitive impairment. Conclusion: At a cut-off of 27/50 the Hebrew version of the TICS-m is a useful screening instrument to identify subjects suffering from mild cognitive impairment, dementia and cognitive impairment (MCI or dementia).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2003


  • Cognitive impairment
  • Cognitive screening
  • Dementia
  • TICS-m

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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