Feasibility Study of an Internet-Based Platform for Tele-Neuropsychological Assessment of Elderly in Remote Areas

R. Zeghari*, R. Guerchouche, M. Tran-Duc, F. Bremond, K. Langel, I. Ramakers, N. Amiel, M.P. Lemoine, V. Bultingaire, V. Manera, P. Robert, A. Konig

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Abstract

Today, in rural isolated areas or so-called 'medical deserts', access to diagnosis and care is very limited. With the current pandemic crisis, now even more than ever, telemedicine platforms are gradually more employed for remote medical assessment. Only a few are tailored to comprehensive teleneuropsychological assessment of older adults. Hence, our study focuses on evaluating the feasibility of performing a remote neuropsychological assessment of older adults suffering from a cognitive complaint. 50 participants (aged 55 and older) were recruited at the local hospital of Digne-les-Bains, France. A brief neuropsychological assessment including a short clinical interview and several validated neuropsychological tests was administered in two conditions, once by Teleneuropsychology (TNP) and once by Face-to-Face (FTF) in a crossover design. Acceptability and user experience was assessed through questionnaires. Results show high agreement in most tests between the FTF and TNP conditions. The TNP was overall well accepted by the participants. However, differences in test performances were observed, which urges the need to validate TNP tests with broader samples with normative data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number925
Number of pages10
JournalDiagnostics
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • telemedicine
  • cognitive testing
  • dementia
  • teleneuropsychology
  • neuropsychology
  • RELIABILITY

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