Translation and cultural adaptation for Portuguese Brazilian language of the Vellore instrument for screening cognitive

Fernanda Loureiro, Geisa Finger, Irenio Gomes


Conduct a translation and cultural adaptation of the dementia tracking instrument Vellore into Brazilian Portuguese, to be applied by non-specialists in low-education communities. Methodology: The translation and cultural adaptation were developed in four steps and followed the guidelines established by ISPOR. Initially, a literal translation of the instrument into Brazilian Portuguese was done, followed by two independently conducted retro translations into English, which were then compared to the original English version. Results: The finished instrument contains some small modifications to common terms, with the goal of making it easily comprehensible to a low education population, resulting in semantic alterations for cultural adaptation. Conclusion: Vellore is a brief tracking instrument, which can be applied in home visits by community health agents or other health professionals, to be used in primary care to monitor individuals with risk of developing cognitive decline. At the moment, the Vellore instrument is available for free in a Brazilian Portuguese version and is in the process of being validated.


Vellore; Elderly; Cognition; Education; Primary health care.


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