ADNeT online Neuropsychology Norming Tool (ANNT)

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ADNeT-Memory Clinics are in the final stages of developing an online neuropsychology norming tool with automated normative data comparison. The tool allows the clinician to produce a report that provides an overview of the client’s overall performance profile. We hope that this tool will save the neuropsychologists the time usually required to conduct a manual norm data comparison and facilitate documentation of test results. Please note: the tool will only be available for clinicians practicing and living in Australia.

If you would like to be notified as soon as the ADNeT Neuropsychology Norming Tool (ANNT) is launched, please fill out the Expression of Interest form below:

ADNeT Harmonised Neuropsychological Battery

ADNeT Harmonised Neuropsychological  Battery

Dementia is an enormous challenge for Australia yet it remains acutely underdiagnosed. Cognitive testing is vital for the accurate diagnosis of dementia but is not necessarily performed in primary care and hospital settings, even in the form of brief cognitive screening test that may prompt further investigations. Specialist dementia settings, including ADNeT Memory and Cognition Clinics, therefore perform a vital role in providing at least cognitive screening and in some cases comprehensive neuropsychological testing to better inform a possible dementia diagnosis. Please see the section on Neuropsychological Assessment within the ADNeT Memory and Cognition Clinic Guidelines for information on our proposed national standards for Specialised Dementia and Cognitive Decline Assessment Services in Australia.  

Neuropsychological testing, that involves comprehensive assessment of multiple cognitive domains, is vital for accurate diagnosis, particularly in the context of early detection and differential diagnosis between multiple forms of dementia when the diagnosis is uncertain. It is also important for informing appropriate post-diagnostic care, such as cognitive interventions,  to help alleviate cognitive decline and maintain quality of life. 

However, aside from an overall lack of neuropsychological expertise in Australian specialist dementia settings, there is a lack of agreed upon minimum standards for neuropsychological testing in dementia, including the selection of specific neuropsychological tests or measures. The importance of harmonising neuropsychological measures includes increasing the reliability and consistency of diagnosis, permitting more valid interpretation of follow-up testing and change in performance, improve communication and collaboration between clinics, and increasing the scale and clinical relevance of research studies that could be based across ADNeT Memory and Cognition Clinics.  

Our research survey of Australian Memory and Cognition Clinics (Mehrani et al., 2021) revealed the most commonly used neuropsychological tests for the assessment of older adults. These results, in combination with consideration of results from similar harmonisation efforts around the world (e.g., Boccardi et al., 2019; Rabin et al., 2016), and determination of the most important tests for assessing MCI and dementia based on consultation with neuropsychologists with expertise in older adults and dementia, were used to produce a list of harmonised measures, the ADNeT Neuropsychology Recommended Harmonised Battery (ANRHB).   

 The ANRHB is not intended to represent an exhaustive battery but as a set of core measures commonly used in assessment of older adults. It contains both a “Short” list of recommended tests that were considered absolutely essential as a starting point in neuropsychological testing, and a “Full” list comprising the minimum test list for a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment in an ADNeT Memory and Cognition Clinic.  

To further facilitate the use of harmonised neuropsychological practices in ADNeT Memory and Cognition Clinics, we have also developed the ADNeT online Neuropsychology Norming Tool (ANNT), that allows automatic calculation of normative data from all neuropsychological test scores within the ANRHB. Please click here if you wish to register your interest to use this tool.  

(Short/Core Battery in Green)

TEST
DOMAIN(S)
MEASURE(S)
NORMS
Test of Premorbid Functioning General intellectual ability Total correct WAIS-IV ACS
Trail Making A Processing Speed Total time Tombaugh et al., 2004
Trail Making B Executive Function Total time Tombaugh et al., 2004
Logical Memory Learning and Memory LM I and LM II WMS-IV
Letter Fluency (FAS) Executive Function Total correct Tombaugh et al., 1999
Category Fluency (Animals) Language Total correct Tombaugh et al., 1999
Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test Learning and Memory Eg: Total learning, Trial 6, Trial 7, Recognition MOANS: Ivnik et al., 1990, 1992; Harris et al., 2002
Rey Complex Figure Test Visuospatial and Executive Function; Learning and Memory Copy, Immediate Recall, 30 minute delayed recall, Recognition Fastenau et al., 1999
Similarities Executive Function Total correct WAIS-IV
Digit Span Attention and Working Memory Digit Span Forwards; Digit Span Backwards WAIS-IV
Boston Naming Test Language Total correct with stimuli cues MOANS: Ivnik et al., 1996
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Cognitive Screening

Cognitive Screening

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Cognitive Intervention

Cognitive Intervention

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Intellectual Disability

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