Does a test of functional memory during the post-acute period predict long-term outcome of traumatic brain injury?
Wiseman, K.A., Ratcliff, G., Chase, S., Laporte, D.J., Robertson, D.U., Colantonio, A.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Brain and Cognition, Volume 44, Issue 1, 2000, Pages 14-18
Neuropsychological measures have been criticized as having questionable ecological validity. The Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT) was examined to determine if it is predictive of memory many years following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Self- and informant reports of memory impairment were collected from 72 former patients of a rehabilitation hospital, an average of 10 years postinjury. Correlation analyses revealed that baseline RBMT was predictive of long-term performance on an objectively measured task of prospective memory (r(68) = .26, p < .05), immediate prose recall (r(68) = .26, p < .05) and delayed prose recall (r(68) = .45, p < .01). Hierarchical regression revealed that baseline RBMT was predictive of long-term performance on objective measures of memory (F(5, 60) = 3.72, p < .01) and informant reports of memory impairment (F(3, 61) = 3.74, p < .05) after controlling for subject education and current age.
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