Remote Neuropsychological Assessment in Rural American Indians with and without Cognitive Impairment

Hannah E. Wadsworth, Jeanine M. Galusha-Glasscock, Kyle B. Womack, Mary Quiceno, Myron F. Weiner, Linda S. Hynan, Jay Shore, C. Munro Cullum

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Objective: To determine the feasibility and reliability of a brief battery of standard neuropsychological tests administered via video teleconference (VTC) to a sample of rural American Indians compared with traditional face-to-face administration. Methods: The sample consisted of 84 participants from the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, including 53 females and 31 males [M age = 64.89 (SD = 9.73), M education = 12.58 (SD = 2.35)]. Of these, 29 had a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and 55 were cognitively normal. Tests included the MMSE, Clock Drawing, Digit Span Forward and Backward, Oral Trails, Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised, Letter and Category Fluency, and a short form Boston Naming Test. Alternative forms of tests were administered in counterbalanced fashion in both face-to-face and VTC conditions. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) were used to compare test scores between test conditions across the entire sample. Results: All ICCs were significant (p<. 0001) and ranged from 0.65 (Clock Drawing) to 0.93 (Boston Naming Test), with a mean ICC of 0.82. Conclusion: Results add to the expanding literature supporting the feasibility and reliability of remote videoconference-based neuropsychological test administration and extend findings to American Indians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-425
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Assessment
  • Cross-cultural/minority
  • Elderly/geriatric/aging


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