Validity and reliability of a "simplified" version of the Taylor Complex Figure Test for the assessment of older adults with low formal education
Author(s)Paula,Jonas Jardim de
Andrade,Giovanna de Freitas de
complex figure test
low formal education
mild cognitive impairment
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AbstractObjective : The assessment of visuospatial abilities and memory using tasks such as the Taylor Complex Figure Task (TCFT) is biased for older adults with low formal education. We devised a "Simplified" version of the TCFT designed to assess older adults with low educational background and provide preliminary evidence of its psychometric properties. Methods : We evaluated a heterogeneous sample of healthy older adults and patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia using the simplified TCFT and other neuropsychological measures. Results : Our results suggest that the test copy, immediate and delayed recall have high inter-rater agreement and internal consistency, significant correlations with other tests of visuospatial abilities, memory and intelligence, and also detected significant group differences between controls and patients. Conclusion : Our study presents a new measure for assessing low-educated elderly with promising evidence of validity and reliability.