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Development of a computer-based battery designed to screen adults for neuropsychological impairment.

Authors
Letz-R; Green-RC; Woodard-JL
Source
Neurotoxicol Teratol 1996 Jul; 18(4):365-370
NIOSHTIC No.
00236690
Abstract
The hardware and software basis of the Neurobehavioral Evaluation System, version 3 (NES3), and the development of a battery for computer based tests designed specifically for screening individuals were described. The computer based system was designed to assist the clinician in deciding whether individual workers exposed to potential neurotoxicants should be referred for more expensive full scale clinical neuropsychological assessment. It was intended to allow a standardized, efficient, cost effective method to be used in occupational medicine and public health, detecting subclinical neurotoxic effects and preventing additional harmful exposures. Two separate pilot studies of the NES3 were performed. In the first, 29 outpatients at the Emory Occupational Medicine Program were recruited to evaluate the functionality of the screening test software and hardware. The second study included a sample of convenience of 38 older, community dwelling men. The tests were completed satisfactorily by each of the study groups. The tests covered a range of cognitive domains including verbal list learning and recognition memory, visual memory span, conceptual and motor racing, psychomotor speed and accuracy, and delayed verbal recognition.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Neurotoxic-effects; Computer-equipment; Nervous-system-disorders; Screening-methods; Medical-screening
Contact
None Emory University 1599 Clifton RD NE Atlanta, GA 30329
CODEN
NETEEC
Publication Date
19960701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
136688.00
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-03078
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0892-0362
Priority Area
Neurotoxic Disorders; Neurotoxic-effects
Source Name
Neurotoxicology and Teratology
State
GA
Performing Organization
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
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