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Monday, September 28, 2015

Kessler Foundation Researchers Report BICAMS Can Predict Performance of Everyday Life Activities in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Kessler Foundation researchers recently reported that the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS) is able to predict the performance of normal daily activities. According to the researchers, the BICAMS is a promising tool to predict actual functional performance in participants with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is a progressive neurodegenerative autoimmune disorder that results from the attack to the central nervous system by the body’s own immune system, causing motor deficits, cognitive impairment and irreversible neurological disability. Proper cognitive assessment tools are, therefore, important for the evaluation of MS patients and disease management.
The BICAMS is a short, valid, cost-effective clinical assessment that can be administered in settings where there are barriers to extensive neuropsychological testing. BICAMS comprises three tests: the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT), California Verbal Learning Test-II, and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised.
In the study entitled “Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS) and performance of everyday life tasks“, recently published in Multiple Sclerosis Journal, Yael Goverover, PhD, and colleagues, examined whether BICAMS could predict performance of daily activities using Actual RealityTM (AR) in patients with MS.


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