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Titolo:
The sense and nonsense of using screening instruments in neuropsychology
Autore:
Merten, T;
Indirizzi:
Krankenhaus Friedrichshain, Abt Neurol, D-10249 Berlin, Germany Krankenhaus Friedrichshain Berlin Germany D-10249 -10249 Berlin, Germany
Titolo Testata:
DIAGNOSTICA
fascicolo: 3, volume: 45, anno: 1999,
pagine: 154 - 162
SICI:
0012-1924(1999)45:3<154:TSANOU>2.0.ZU;2-X
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
GER
Soggetto:
TEST BATTERY; DEMENTIA;
Keywords:
neuropsychological assessment; screening tests; psychodiagnosis;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
48
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Merten, T Krankenhaus Friedrichshain, Abt Neurol, Landsberger Allee 49, D-10249 Berlin, Germany Krankenhaus Friedrichshain Landsberger Allee 49 Berlin Germany D-10249
Citazione:
T. Merten, "The sense and nonsense of using screening instruments in neuropsychology", DIAGNOSTICA, 45(3), 1999, pp. 154-162

Abstract

The use of different very short screening techniques has been vehemently debated among German neuropsychologists for the last few years. A short dementia assessment battery (SKT: Erzigkeit, 1989) and the Mini Mental State (MMS: Folstein, Folstein & McHugh, 1975) are analyzed with neurological patients. Data from 459 SKT and 447 MMS test protocols are reviewed. Both measures correlate at -0.59 with each ether. Although substantial rank correlations are also obtained between these measures and other test scores traditionally employed as organicity screenings (such as WAIS block design, Benton Visual Retention Test, and Reitan's Trail Making Test), the false-negative rate is considerable and amounts to about 39.2 % using the very strictest rut-off procedures. Principal axis factoring on the nine SKT subtests confirms the presence of two factors described before by ether researchers. It is argued that screening instruments can only be useful within the context of a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment.

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