Time-saving tool developed to measure early cognitive decline

Monday, September 3, 2018

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Morris Freedman at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, is developing a short, time-saving assessment tool to detect early cognitive decline. The Toronto Cognitive Assessment (TorCA) is a comprehensive diagnostic test designed to detect mild cognitive impairment. Both a paper version and an electronic version for the iPad have been developed. In a recent study, the researchers report that both versions of the TorCA were validated to detect mild cognitive impairment related to memory loss. The tool takes abut 40 minutes to administer, compared with a more resource-intensive neuropsychology workup that can take up to five hours. The TorCA can be used by clinicians in any healthcare setting, such as a doctor’s office or community-based memory clinic.

SOURCE:  Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, July 18, 2018
https://dx.doi.org/10.1186%2Fs13195-018-0382-y

AUTHOR: Morris Freedman et al.

DATE Retrieved: August 29, 2018

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