DVBIC "Head to Head" Study: A Psychometric Comparison of Brief Computerized Neuropsychological Assessment Batteries

Dec. 10, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Overview

With more than 300,000 service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) since 2000, a need for fast and easy assessment of cognitive functioning has arisen. Numerous computerized neurocognitive assessment tools (NCATs) have emerged from this need. Companies creating these tests often tout them as suitable alternatives to traditional pencil and paper tests. However, emerging research suggests this may not be true, and the issue is not as straightforward as once believed.

Investigators at Fort Bragg, North Carolina recently completed a two-phase study of the psychometric properties of four NCATs: ANAM4, CNS-Vital Signs, CogState and ImPACT. The first phase investigated the test-retest reliability of the NCATs by comparing examinees’ scores over a 30-day interval. The second phase investigated the validity of the NCATs by comparing the performance of healthy service members and service members with acute mild TBI to their performance on traditional tests. In the context of this study, this webinar will present the state of the literature regarding NCATs, their clinical utility and future directions.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts when considering computerized neurocognitive testing as an alternative to traditional pencil and paper neuropsychological tests
  • Describe the current state of the literature regarding computerized neurocognitive testing, to include recently completed research at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Articulate potential issues and future directions with regard to the evaluation of computerized neurocognitive tests for future use in clinical populations

Presenters

Jacques P. Arrieux, M.A.
Senior Clinical Research Associate Contract Support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Department of Brain Injury Medicine Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Wesley R. Cole, Ph.D.
Senior Clinical Research Director Contract Support to DVBIC Department of Brain Injury Medicine Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Moderator

Emma Gregory, Ph.D.
Research Scientist Contract Support to DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Dec. 10, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

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