Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Pre-deployment Cognitive Testing

  • Nicholas David SmithEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9229

Pre-deployment Cognitive Testing: All service members are required to complete cognitive assessment 12 months prior to all deployments (Twille et al. 2012). Assessments of attention, memory, decision-making abilities, concentration, reaction time, and processing speed are typically completed (Sørensen et al. 2016). These tests establish an individual baseline in the event a service member is injured. When a service member is injured, post-deployment scores are compared to pre-deployment tests scores or population normative data to inform treatment decision-making (Thompson and Gottesman 2008).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational and Psychological StudiesUniversity of South Florida/TBI Model Systems, James A. Haley VA HospitalTampaUSA