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The Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB): normative values in an Italian population sample.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15995827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) is a short cognitive and behavioural six-subtest battery for the bedside screening of a global executive dysfunction; although recently devised, it is already extensively used thanks to its ease of administration and claimed sensitivity. The aim of the present study was to derive Italian normative values from a sample of 364 control subjects (215 women and 149 men) of different ages (mean: 57.4+/-17.9 years; range: 20-94 years) and educational level (mean: 10.4+/-4.3 years; range: 1-17 years); the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) was concurrently administered. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed significant effects for age and education whereas gender was not significant; thus, from the derived linear equation, a correction grid for FAB raw scores was built. Based on nonparametric techniques, inferential cut-off scores were subsequently determined and equivalent scores (ES) computed. Test-restest and interrater reliabilities were both satisfactory. Interestingly, MMSE was significantly correlated with FAB raw scores, whereas adjusted scores were not. The present data may improve the accuracy in the use of the FAB both for clinical and research purposes.
I Appollonio; M Leone; V Isella; F Piamarta; T Consoli; M L Villa; E Forapani; A Russo; P Nichelli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1590-1874     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-04     Completed Date:  2005-08-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959175     Medline TA:  Neurol Sci     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  108-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neurology Section, Department of Neurosciences, University of Milano Bicocca, S. Gerardo Hospital, Via Donizetti 106, I-20052 Monza (MI), Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Behavior / physiology*
Cognition / physiology*
Cognition Disorders / physiopathology
Educational Status
Linear Models
Mental Disorders / physiopathology
Mental Status Schedule / statistics & numerical data
Middle Aged
Neuropsychological Tests / standards*,  statistics & numerical data*
Reference Values
Reproducibility of Results
Sex Factors

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