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New study published in the Journal of Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition shows superiority of BCAT-SF over AD8 in identifying dementia and mild cognitive impairment in long-term care residents

In this empirical research study, the diagnostic accuracy of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool – Short Form (BCAT-SF) was compared to the AD8. Both are brief measures that are commonly used in long-term care settings to assess cognitive functioning of residents. Below is the Abstract for the study.

We compared the accuracy of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool—Short Form (BCAT-SF) and AD8 in identifying mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia among long-term care residents. Psychometric analyses of 357 long-term care residents (n = 228, nursing home; = 129, assisted living) in Maryland referred for neuropsychological evaluation evidenced robust internal consistency reliability and construct validity for the BCAT-SF. Furthermore, hierarchical logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic curve analyses demonstrated superior predictive validity for the BCAT-SF in identifying MCI and dementia relative to the AD8. In contrast, previously reported psychometric properties or cut scores for the AD8 could not be cross-validated in this long-term care sample. Based on these findings, the BCAT-SF appears to be a more reliable and valid screening instrument than the AD8 for rapidly identifying MCI and dementia in long-term care residents.

The full text of the study is available here.

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