A Summary Score for the Framingham Heart Study Neuropsychological Battery

Brian Downer, David W. Fardo, Frederick A. Schmitt

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Abstract

Objective: To calculate three summary scores of the Framingham Heart Study neuropsychological battery and determine which score best differentiates between subjects classified as having normal cognition, test-based impaired learning and memory, test-based multidomain impairment, and dementia. Method: The final sample included 2,503 participants. Three summary scores were assessed: (a) composite score that provided equal weight to each subtest, (b) composite score that provided equal weight to each cognitive domain assessed by the neuropsychological battery, and (c) abbreviated score comprised of subtests for learning and memory. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to determine which summary score best differentiated between the four cognitive states. Results: The summary score that provided equal weight to each subtest best differentiated between the four cognitive states. Discussion: A summary score that provides equal weight to each subtest is an efficient way to utilize all of the cognitive data collected by a neuropsychological battery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1222
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of aging and health
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • cognition
  • dementia
  • mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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