Reliable change on the Boston naming test

Bonnie C. Sachs, John A Lucas, Glenn E. Smith, Robert J. Ivnik, Ronald Carl Petersen, Neill R Graff Radford, Otto D Pedraza

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Abstract

Serial assessments are commonplace in neuropsychological practice and used to document cognitive trajectory for many clinical conditions. However, true change scores may be distorted by measurement error, repeated exposure to the assessment instrument, or person variables. The present study provides reliable change indices (RCI) for the Boston Naming Test, derived from a sample of 844 cognitively normal adults aged 56 years and older. All participants were retested between 9 and 24 months after their baseline exam. Results showed that a 4-point decline during a 9-15 month retest period or a 6-point decline during a 16-24 month retest period represents reliable change. These cutoff values were further characterized as a function of a person's age and family history of dementia. These findings may help clinicians and researchers to characterize with greater precision the temporal changes in confrontation naming ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-378
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • BNT
  • Dementia
  • RCI
  • Serial Assessment

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Reliable change on the Boston naming test. / Sachs, Bonnie C.; Lucas, John A; Smith, Glenn E.; Ivnik, Robert J.; Petersen, Ronald Carl; Graff Radford, Neill R; Pedraza, Otto D.

In: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Vol. 18, No. 2, 03.2012, p. 375-378.

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