Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT-II) - Frequently Asked Questions

Please clarify the score sheet and instructions for subtest 8. It appears that I would select a route A, B, C or D and leave the message envelope at the location marked under that column. I assume that I write the locations where the patient goes in the blanks under subject’s route and give them 5 points as long as they go to every location and one location twice no matter what order. Then I think I give the patient 2 points if they start and end at the same location I did. Then I see if any pairs match the route I actually take. The directions are just not that clear and I want to make sure I am executing this test correctly.

What validation studies are included in RBMT?


Please clarify the score sheet and instructions for subtest 8. It appears that I would select a route A, B, C or D and leave the message envelope at the location marked under that column. I assume that I write the locations where the patient goes in the blanks under subject’s route and give them 5 points as long as they go to every location and one location twice no matter what order. Then I think I give the patient 2 points if they start and end at the same location I did. Then I see if any pairs match the route I actually take. The directions are just not that clear and I want to make sure I am executing this test correctly.

You are right that you should write the order of the participant's response in the white boxes. Your assumptions about the scoring are correct. Remember though that if the participant gets the correct locations and order you give them a score of 11. If they do not, then you use the process you discussed. An example of how to apply the scoring is given on page 7 of the manual.

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What validation studies are included in RBMT?

Validation studies in the RBMT showed that people with memory problems scored significantly worse than controls.

Additionally, performance on the RBMT was correlated with a number of standard memory tools (e.g. Recognition Memory Test). From these studies it appeared that the RBMT can broadly speaking be regarded as measuring overall memory performance when this is assessed in terms of existing tests.

A validation study was also completed between performance on the RBMT and therapists’ ratings of everyday memory problems and this suggested that the RBMT offers a good measure of everyday memory performance.

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