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Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2016 Sep-Oct;23(5):379-83. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2015.1092150. Epub 2016 Mar 15.

Validation of the PASAT in Argentina.

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1
a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic , Institute of Neurosciences of Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires , Argentina.
2
b MS Clinic , Ramos Mejia Hospital , Buenos Aires , Argentina.
3
c Population Health Research Center, Durand Hospital , Buenos Aires , Argentina.

Abstract

The Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) is one of the most used neuropsychological tests to assess information processing speed and working memory in brain injured patients. This study was carried out with the purpose of obtaining normative data for the PASAT-3″ in a healthy Argentinean population, which would result in a reference control population. The PASAT-3″ was administered in a sample of 296 healthy voluntary subjects, born and living in Argentina. The age range went from 20 to 70 years-old. The level of education was 0 to 13 or more years of schooling. The sample obtained a mean of 44.60 (SD = 10.72) in the PASAT-3″. It was found that the score obtained in the PASAT-3″ was related to the age and the level of instruction of the participants. Their performance diminished as age increased and, conversely, it increased as the level of instruction was higher. Normative data was obtained for a Latin American population from Argentina. Percentile distributions obtained by decades of age and different levels of education should be considered as useful reference values for clinicians and investigators when applying the PASAT-3″ to assess cognitive function in different pathologies.

KEYWORDS:

Normative data; PASAT-3″; neuropsychological test; processing speed; working memory

PMID:
26980661
DOI:
10.1080/23279095.2015.1092150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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