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CNS Vital Signs
CNS Vital Signs
For Additional information please see this website: CNS Vital Signs
Core: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC)
Supplemental: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
|Short Description of Instrument||
CNS Vital Signs is a web-based platform. The CNS Vital Signs battery consists of 7 tests: Verbal Memory (VBM), Visual Memory (VIM), Finger Tapping (FTT), Symbol Digit Coding (SDC), Stroop Test (ST), Shifting Attention Test (SAT) and the Continuous Performance Test (CPT). These tests capture a patient's composite memory, verbal memory, visual memory, executive function, processing speed, psychomotor speed, reaction time, complex attention and cognitive flexibility. In total, 10 normed neurocognitive tests and 26 unnormed tests and over 50 rating scales are available for the researcher's use.
CNS Vital Signs is normed for ages 8–90 and can be given without the supervision of non-clinical staff.
Advantages: Wide range of modules implemented across a range of conditions and diseases. It is available in multiple languages. Internet connection is not required. Computerized neurocognitive assessment battery that includes seven tests including: 1) verbal memory, 2) visual memory, 3) finger tapping, 4) symbol digit coding, 5) stroop, 6) attention, 7) continuous performance test. Comprises composite scores for memory, executive function, processing speed, psychomotor speed, reaction time, complex attention and cognitive flexibility. Take ~30 min to administer. Wide age range from 8–90 years. Administration does not require professional.
It is a computerized assessment of cognitive domains (verbal and visual memory, reaction time, cognitive flexibility and complex attention). It utilized well-established tests such as finger tapping, stroop, symbol digit coding etc. It is highly sensitive for the detection of mild cognitive deficits. It is utilized worldwide. Administration time is approximately 30 minutes.
Limitations: Test reliability, sensitivity and specificity have been questioned; should be interpreted by a neuropsychologist. Use of non-professional administrator may limit reliability of test outcomes. It is a lengthy test. It should only be used during sub-acute and beyond time periods. Limitations include those intrinsic to computerized testing. Some of the tests are modified from standard format. Normative data has not been generated for each language and access to this is test is not free.
Raw scores, standard scores (M=100, SD=15) and percentile ranks are provided for each domain.
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Document last updated March 2018