Necessity of technicians for computerized neuropsychological assessment devices in multiple sclerosis

January 6, 2020

Authors: Curtis M Wojcik, Stephen M Rao, Adrian J Schembri, Allison S Drake, Paul Maruff, David Schindler, Jay Alberts, Faizan Yasin, Jeta Pol, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Ralph Hb Benedict

Journal: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research

DOI: 10.1177/1352458518813287

Year Published: 2018


Determine the influence of technician supervision on computer-administered cognitive tests in multiple sclerosis (MS).


Eighty MS patients underwent assessment using the CogState Brief Battery (CSBB) and the Cleveland Clinic Cognitive Battery (C3B). Each was administered twice, once with a technician guiding assessment, and once with technician-absent. Twenty-eight healthy controls were also evaluated.


The influence of technician guidance was not statistically significant for group means on either test. For CSBB, administration problems were more common in the technician-absent condition.


In this MS sample, reliable and valid test results were obtained from computer-assisted cognitive testing without technician guidance.

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