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"Telepsychometry": A Remote Psychometry Consultation in Clinical Gerontology: Preliminary Study

Publication: Telemedicine Journal
Volume 2, Issue Number 2

Abstract

Objective

Evaluation of the clinical feasibility of remote psychometric consultation with elderly patients.

Methods

Remote consultation with six women and four men (average age 87) was compared with a standard consultation. An interview and two psychometric tests were used: the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) and the Clock Face Test (CFT), which were administered by a clinical psychologist and controlled by a psychologist observer who remained in the room with the patient. The experimental setting consisted of two rooms linked by a coaxial cable. Each room was equipped with a camera, television screen, and microphone. The clinician was able to operate the mobile camera in the patient's room by remote control. The clinician was assisted by a computer, which helped to focus on standardized points. A video camera recorded the consultation for documentation purposes.

Results

Decreased performance was observed in the remote versus the standard consultation for both tests (MMSE: p = 0.008; CFT: p= 0.006). Physiologic hearing loss may have been responsible for a fall in the patients' attention.

Conclusion

Remote psychometric consultation can be applied successfully to the psychological examination of elderly patients provided that communication problems are solved.

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cover image Telemedicine Journal
Telemedicine Journal
Volume 2Issue Number 2SUMMER 1996
Pages: 145 - 150
PubMed: 10165357

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Published online: 29 January 2009
Published in print: SUMMER 1996

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