High specificity of the medical symptom validity test in patients with very severe memory impairment.

@article{Singhal2009HighSO,
  title={High specificity of the medical symptom validity test in patients with very severe memory impairment.},
  author={Ankush Singhal and Paul Green and Kunle A Ashaye and Kuttalingam Shankar and David P Gill},
  journal={Archives of clinical neuropsychology : the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 8},
  pages={721-8}
}
Failure on effort tests usually implies insufficient effort to produce valid cognitive test scores. However, many people with very severe cognitive impairment, such as dementia patients, will produce failing scores on nearly all effort tests. In such patients, effort tests have low specificity. The Medical Symptom Validity Test (MSVT) and the nonverbal MSVT (NV-MSVT) were designed to address this problem. They produce profiles of scores across multiple subtests to facilitate discrimination… CONTINUE READING

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