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Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales (PAS) User Guide

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Publication date: 
December 2016
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
Health sector

You can use PAS to assess people for the major psychogeriatric disorders — dementia and depression. It assesses them on scales rather than as categories. 

PAS is designed to help a wider range of people to carry out psychogeriatric assessments. You do not need extensive training to use it. 

The PAS is made up of two sections:  

  • subject interview — your care recipient, client or patient 

  • informant interview — a relative, carer or other person who knows the subject well 

The two interviews give different perspectives on the subject’s functioning.