Slides - Projects In Knowledge


Journal Insights Into:

Recommendations for a Brief

International Cognitive Assessment for MS

Supplemental Slides

BICAMS Components

• Information processing speed

– Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT)

• Verbal memory (immediate recall)

– California Verbal Learning Test-II (CVLT-II)

(first 5 recall trials)

• Visual memory (immediate recall)

– Brief Visuospatial Memory Test Revised (BVMT-R)

(first 3 recall trials)

These 3 tests can be completed in a total of 15 minutes without specialized equipment/assessor training

Langdon DW, et al. Mult Scler. 2011; Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Take-Home Messages

• Neither patients’ self-reports nor clinicians’ impressions are sufficient to gauge patients’ cognitive functioning

• Assessment of cognitive functioning is an important element of baseline and ongoing assessment, and it may be necessary to schedule additional visits specifically for this purpose

• Cognitive functioning is not a single construct and patient functioning is highly individualized; therefore, testing 1 domain does not provide adequate information. 15 minutes is better than 5