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Keywords:

  • aged care;
  • assessment;
  • care planning;
  • dementia

Aim:  To develop a Japanese version of the Care Planning Assessment Tool (J-CPAT), originally developed in Australia as a comprehensive assessment of people with dementia.

Methods:  The process of adapting the CPAT into Japanese included translation into Japanese, assessment of item comprehension, and a validity and reliability study. The J-CPAT is composed of eight domains: Communication, physical problems, self-help skills, confusion, behaviour, social interaction, psychiatric observations and carer dependency. The participants were 199 aged care clients. Measures were the J-CPAT, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Care Levels used in the Long-term Care Insurance scheme.

Results:  Cronbach's alpha values in each J-CPAT domain were 0.74–0.95. The correlation coefficient between the score of Confusion and MMSE was −0.90, and those between physical problems, self-help skills, carer dependency in the J-CPAT, and care level were 0.70, 0.75 and 0.67.

Conclusions:  The J-CPAT appears to be a reliable and valid tool for care planning in Japan.