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The KICA Screen: the psychometric properties of a shortened version of the KICA (Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment)


LoGiudice, Dina, Strivens, Edward, Smith, Kate, Stevenson, Margaret, Atkinson, David, Dwyer, Anna, Lautenschlager, Nicola, Almeida, Osvaldo A, Flicker, Leon


Australasian Journal On Ageing, Volume: 30, No.: 4, Pages.: 215-219

Year of Publication



Aim: To describe the development and psychometric properties of the KICA (Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment) Screen.; Methods: A short 10-item version of the KICA, the KICA screen was developed from original data of 363 Aboriginal people. The KICA Screen was subsequently independently validated in a non-random sample of 55 people living in Northern Queensland.; Results: In the original sample the KICA Screen showed an optimal cut-point score of 21/22 (out of a score of 25), and resulted in a sensitivity of 95.6% and specificity of 88.6% with AUC of 0.95 (95% CI 0.91-0.98). This cut point was subsequently tested on 55 people living in Northern Queensland, with a sensitivity of 82.4% and specificity of 88.5% for the diagnosis of dementia, and the area under the ROC (receiver operating characteristic) curve was 0.87 (95% CI 0.77-0.97).; Conclusions: The KICA Screen is a valid and acceptable screening tool among Indigenous Australians living in remote and rural areas of Australia.; © 2010 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2010 ACOTA.

Bibtex Citation

@article{LoGiudice_2010, doi = {10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00486.x}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {dec}, publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell}, volume = {30}, number = {4}, pages = {215--219}, author = {Dina LoGiudice and Edward Strivens and Kate Smith and Margaret Stevenson and David Atkinson and Anna Dwyer and Nicola Lautenschlager and Osvaldo A Almeida and Leon Flicker}, title = {The {KICA} Screen: The psychometric properties of a shortened version of the {KICA} (Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment)}, journal = {Australasian Journal on Ageing} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, cognition, dementia, diagnosis, disability evaluation, epidemiology, ethnology, female, humans, male, mass screening, methods, middle aged, oceanic ancestry group, physiology, prevalence, psychometrics, queensland, rehabilitation, risk assessment, roc curve

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Cohort Study, Instrument development and testing (cross walking of measures, etc.)

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Diagnostic Target Identification

Diagnostic Targets

Cognition testing (inc. task driven tests such as clock drawing)