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Reliable and convenient method to assess cognitive function in MS patients

Presented By
Dr Yusei Miyazaki, NHO Hokkaido Medical Center, Japan
Conference
ECF 2020
In a Japanese study, the Processing Speed Test (PST) score correlated with physical disability, brain volume, depression, fatigue, and quality of life in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Cognitive dysfunction in MS patients is known to be associated with physical disability and impaired quality of life, but is often overlooked in clinical practice. To assess cognitive function in MS patients, several tests have been developed. However, performing these tests is challenging in routine clinical settings because of time constraints and unavailability of trained technicians. The PST is a tablet/computer application designed to evaluate cognitive function in patients with MS. It is a modified form of the Symbol Digit Modality Test (SDMT) and its close performance correlates with the original SDMT. One advantage of the PST is that it can be performed by patients themselves in a relatively short period. Therefore, the test is a reliable and convenient met...


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