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J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2008 Mar;21(1):26-33. doi: 10.1177/0891988707311030.

Retention rates on RBANS memory subtests in elderly adults.

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  • 1American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Department of Neurology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA. Michael.Schoenberg@UHHospitals.org

Abstract

Identification of memory impairment is important for neuropsychological diagnostic and research applications, and retention rates on verbal and visual memory tests can provide useful information when characterizing a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Although the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) is becoming a popular screening battery for cognitive functions, normative data on retention rates are not available. The retention rates of verbal and visual material were evaluated in a sample of clinical patients (n = 109) compared to a healthy control group (n = 718). Individual subtest retention rates were converted to age-corrected scaled scores based on the cumulative distribution of raw scores obtained by an elderly community-dwelling sample. Compared with the healthy normative sample, the percent retention found for the clinical group was significantly lower on all 3 RBANS memory subtests. These preliminary data suggest that retention rates of the RBANS memory subtests may add to the clinical utility of this test as a neuropsychological diagnostic and research tool.

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