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Cross Cultural Validation of The Minimal Assessment of Cognitive Function in Multiple Sclerosis (MACFIMS) and The Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS).
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PMID:  23034066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The available instruments for cognitive assessment in multiple sclerosis (MS) require considerable time and resources, and are not readily available in all countries. The study aimed to examine validity of the Czech translation of the Minimal Assessment of Cognitive Function in MS (MACFIMS), to validate the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for MS (BICAMS), and to compare their outcomes. We evaluated 367 MS patients and 134 healthy controls with the MACFIMS battery, which comprises the three tests of the BICAMS (Symbol Digit Modalities Test, Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised, California Verbal Learning Test, second edition). The most accurate BICAMS criterion of cognitive deficit was that of at least one of the overall three tests outside the normal range (sensitivity = 94%, specificity = 86%, p = 10(-28)). Outcomes of the Czech translation of the MACFIMS were comparable to its original. The MACFIMS and the BICAMS identified cognitive deficit in 55% and 58% of the MS patients, respectively. Both batteries predicted patient self-reported vocational status. This is the first study to show that the BICAMS is highly sensitive and specific to cognitive impairment in MS as defined by the MACFIMS. This impairment is associated with vocational status. Czech versions of the studied batteries have now been validated.
Authors:
Jana Blahova Dusankova; Tomas Kalincik; Eva Havrdova; Ralph H B Benedict
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Clinical neuropsychologist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1744-4144     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Neuropsychol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806548     Medline TA:  Clin Neuropsychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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a Department of Neurology and Center of Clinical Neuroscience , Charles University in Prague, 1st Faculty of Medicine and General University Hospital in Prague , Prague , Czech Republic.
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