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A Computerized Tool to Screen Workers for Neurotoxicity.

Authors
Letz-R
Source
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 1994 Dec:46 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00228276
Abstract
A computer based neurobehavioral testing system was developed to screen workers exposed to potentially neurotoxic agents. The system used a pen based computer with peripheral sound production hardware. This allowed for auditory presentation of tests and recording responses in a manner equivalent to paper and pencil tests. The system was tested for feasibility of use, and training materials to instruct potential users of the computer based testing system were developed. Five neuropsychological test modules were developed to cover a range of cognitive functions: a list learning task, a visual span, a trail making task, a digit/symbol task, and a learning delayed recognition task. Pilot application of the testing system with 29 subjects indicated ready acceptance of the testing by the subjects and ready feasibility of use. Training materials were developed and evaluated by 16 subjects similar to those who will be using the software. The author concludes that the neuropsychological screening test will provide a highly standardized and easy to use method of identifying workers with potential neurobehavioral impairment which may be due to occupational neurotoxic exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Neurotoxic-effects; Nervous-system-disorders; Neuropathology; Behavioral-testing; Testing-equipment;
Contact
Emory University 1599 Clifton RD NE Atlanta, GA 30329
Publication Date
19941215
Document Type
Final Grant Report;
Funding Amount
136688.00
Funding Type
Grant;
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-269965
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-03078
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Neurotoxic Disorders; Neurotoxic-effects;
Source Name
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
State
GA;
Performing Organization
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
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