Test-retest reliability, convergent validity and practice effects of the RBANS in a memory clinic setting: a pilot study

Dong, YanHong, Thompson, Claire L., Tan, Shi Huey Joanne, Lim, Leon Ben Swie, Pang, Wan Shim, and Chen, Christopher Li-Hsian (2013) Test-retest reliability, convergent validity and practice effects of the RBANS in a memory clinic setting: a pilot study. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2 (4B). pp. 11-16.

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This pilot study examined the psychometric properties and clinical utility of a brief neuropsychological instrument (Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS). The test-retest reliability, practice ef-fects and convergent validity of RBANS were examined in participants without objective cognitive impairment. The tests were administered at two time points at approximately a two weeks' interval, with 30 cognitively intact partici-pants with a mean age of 63.3 ± 5.8 years. Adequate test-retest reliabilities were found for RBANS subtests, index and total scale scores with significant gain scores in immediate memory and visuospatial function. The RBANS showed good convergent validity and the RBANS supplemented with executive and language measures (Colour Trails Test and 30-item modified Boston Naming Test, respectively) demonstrated excellent convergent validity with a formal neuro-psychological battery. This pilot study has provided the preliminary evidence of reliability and convergent validity of the RBANS. Additionally, it also provides insight on the practice effects so that clinicians may assess significant changes in RBANS subtests and domain indexes for clinical practice.

Item ID: 29116
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2165-9389
Keywords: RBANS; neuropsychological tests; test-retest reliability; validity; practice effect
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Funders: Memory Ageing Cognition Center (MACC), National Medical Research Council of Singapore
Projects and Grants: National Medical Research Council of Singapore (NMRC/CG/NUHS/ 2010)
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 06:14
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 100%
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