Monday, April 02, 2012

Birmingham Cognitive Screen: A new cognitive screen for brain-damaged patients

Not an endorsement of any kind.  Have never seen or used it.  Just an FYI

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Birmingham Cognitive Screen

By Glyn W. Humphreys, Wai-Ling Bickerton, Dana Samson, M. Jane Riddoch

Following different kinds of brain damage, including stroke, head injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, and degenerative change, people can experience a range of cognitive problems, in addition to any difficulties in motor function. These problems strongly influence a patient's ability to recover, but often patients are not routinely screened to detect them.

Birmingham Cognitive Screen (BCoS) is a new test instrument. Developed to screen patients for cognitive problems, it provides a novel 'cognitive profile' across a range of cognitive processes within a one-hour testing session that will indicate whether a patient has a clinical impairment (related to norms) in five primary domains of cognition:

  • Attention and executive function

  • Language

  • Memory

  • Number skills

  • Praxis and action

BCoS has been validated against 'standard' neuropsychological tests used to measure similar cognitive functions. It has also been used for prognostic modelling, and assessed against measures of cognition and activities of everyday living for patients in the chronic stage.

The first test of its kind, BCoS is an invaluable tool for neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, occupational and speech therapists, and a wide range of other clinical practitioners.

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BCoS is supported by The Stroke Association

Praise for BCoS

"This is an important collection of stroke-appropriate cognitive testing materials and represents state-of-the-art cognitive neuropsychological theory put to clinical use. BCoS will be especially valuable in helping patients and family members understand the consequences of a stroke, it will foster communication about cognitive difficulties with the patient's carers, and will support the identification of rehabilitation strategies." - Andrew Bateman, of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

To Be Published March 30th 2012 by Psychology Press

MPack: 978-1-84872-099-2: $450.00£250.00

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