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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
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