Neuropsychological Testing in Multiple Sclerosis: Importance of Brevity

Data shows a strong relationship of neuropsychological testing with neuropsychiatric features of the disease, brain imaging and vocational outcomes. Unfortunately, full neuropsychological testing is time consuming and expensive, which limits its usefulness as an ongoing assessment tool. One cannot easily frequently repeat testing that takes many hours to several days. The current tendency is to seek instruments for evaluation which combine diagnostic efficiency, clinical usefulness and brevity. There are tests available are found to be effective for evaluation of intellectual function in multiple sclerosis in the literature and yet are brief, so that they can be repeated often.

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