As­ses­sment of cognitive functions us­­ing short repeatable neuropsychological batteries

Authors: G. Věchetová 1,2;  E. Bolceková 1,2;  Z. Jarošová 3;  H. Orlíková 3;  M. Preiss 1,4
Authors‘ workplace: Národní ústav duševního zdraví, Klecany 1;  Neurologická klinika, 1. LF UK a VFN v Praze 2;  Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, Praha 3;  University of New York in Prague, Praha 4
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2018; 81(1): 29-36
Category: Review Article


Review presents the current approach of using short repeatable neuropsychological batteries and refers to recent literature focused on this type of diagnostic process. The trend of the last decade highlights the need for the development of neuropsychological diagnostic measures, which would show good psychometric qualities and at the same time respond to the demand of a more expedient assessment and repeatability of results over time with a lower risk of the practice effect. First of all, the article proposes desirable characteristics of cognitive batteries and proposes the posibilities of interpretation of their outcomes. Secondly, the characteristics of the existing short repeatable neuropsychological batteries are discussed, based on the criteria of 1. availability of parallel versions; 2. time duration less than 45 min; 3. cognitive profile as an outcome based on the results; and 4. availability in Czech clinical or research practice. The following methods will be discussed: Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS), Neuropsychological Assessment Battery –  Screening Module (NAB-SM), Dementia Rating Scale –  2 (DRS-2), Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog), MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB), and Screen for Cognitive Impairment in Psychiatry (SCIP)

Key words:
neuropsychology – neuropsychological assessment – cognition – RBANS – NAB-SM – DRS-2 – ADAS-Cog – MCCB – SCIP

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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