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Age and educational influences on RBANS index scores in a nondemented geriatric sample.
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PMID:  12607139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Research has indicated the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS; Randolph, 1998) to be sensitive to the effects of brain dysfunction and capable of accurately discriminating cortical from subcortical dementias (Randolph, Tierney, Mohr, & Chase, 1998). It recently has been demonstrated, however, that certain indices of the measure are susceptible to educational influences (Lineweaver, Zone, Chelune, Hermann, & Dow, 2001). The present investigation examined the effects of age and education on the six RBANS indices in a sample of nondemented older adults. Education accounted for a statistically significant proportion of the variance across all RBANS indices for this group (range=1.9-7.6%), while age increased the variance accounted for on four of six indices (range=0.5-2.2%). Regression-based educational corrections for index scores were derived to allow for appropriate adjustment. Effects of age, although statistically significant, were too small to make clinical adjustment on three of the four index scores worthwhile. On the Delayed Memory Index, however, correction for age for persons 80 years old and higher should be considered.
Samuel T Gontkovsky; James W Mold; William W Beatty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Clinical neuropsychologist     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1385-4046     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neuropsychol     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-27     Completed Date:  2003-05-20     Revised Date:  2007-06-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806548     Medline TA:  Clin Neuropsychol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  258-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Development Department, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / psychology*
Cognition / physiology*
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Educational Status
Middle Aged
Neuropsychological Tests / standards*
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Sensitivity and Specificity

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