Visual-spatial perception: A comparison between instruments frequently used in the primary care setting and a computerized cognitive assessment battery

Boris Punchik, Avital Shapovalov, Tzvi Dwolatzky, Yan Press

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Abstract

Background: The development of screening instruments will help the primary care team to determine when further comprehensive cognitive assessment is necessary. Design: A retrospective analysis based on medical records.Patients and setting: Patients referred to a comprehensive geriatric assessment unit. Analysis: Cognitive screening and assessment included visual-spatial components: the Mini Mental State Examination, the Clock Drawing Test, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test, and the Neurotrax (Mindstreams) computerized cognitive assessment battery. Results: The average age of the 190 eligible patients was 81.09±5.42 years. Comparing the individual tests with that of the visual-spatial index of Neurotrax, we found the Trail Making B test to be most sensitive (72.4%) and the Cube Test to have the highest specificity (72.8%). A combination of tests resulted in higher sensitivity and lower specificity. Conclusion: The use of a combination of visual-spatial tests for screening in neurocognitive disorders should be evaluated in further prospective studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1881-1887
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Cognitive assessment
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Screening tools
  • Visual-spatial perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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