2015 DCoE Webinar: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center “Head to Head” Study. (This webinar was originally recorded Dec. 10)
With more than 300,000 service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) since 2000, there is a need for fast and easy assessment of cognitive functioning. Numerous computerized neurocognitive assessment tools (NCATs) have emerged from this need. Companies creating these tests often tout them as suitable alternatives to traditional pencil and paper tests. However, emerging research suggests this may not be true, and the issue is not as straightforward as once believed.
Investigators at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, recently completed a two-phase study of the psychometric properties of four NCATs: ANAM4, CNS-Vital Signs, CogState and ImPACT. The first phase investigated the test-retest reliability of the NCATs by comparing examinees’ scores over a 30-day interval. The second phase investigated the validity of the NCATs by comparing the performance of healthy service members and service members with acute mild TBI to their performance on traditional tests.
In the context of this study, this webinar presents the state of the literature regarding NCATs, their clinical use and future directions.
Webinar participants will learn how to:
-- Identify key concepts when considering computerized neurocognitive testing as an alternative to traditional pencil and paper neuropsychological tests
-- Describe the current state of the literature regarding computerized neurocognitive testing, to include recently completed research at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
-- Articulate potential issues and future directions with regard to the evaluation of computerized neurocognitive tests for future use in clinical populations
For materials for this webinar, please visit: http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/webinars
DCoE hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. Videos of the webinars are uploaded after the event and are for informational purposes only.
**Continuing education credits are only available at the time of the event.
Learn about upcoming webinars at http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/webinars
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