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What are your thoughts on cognitive assessments being more accurate or reliable when completed on an outpatient basis or an inpatient basis?

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This solution compares cognitive assessment on out-patient versus in-patient basis, and discusses its reliability and validity.

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Cognitive neuroscience is the field of study linking the brain and other aspects of the nervous system, and especially the brain to cognitive processing and ultimately to behavior. Neuroscience research is focused on studying brain disorders that impair cognitive functioning including disorders such as strokes, brain tumors, and head injuries as all benefit from studies on neuroscience (Pinel, 2006).. Cognitive assessment was used in the diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated neurocognitive impairment is time-consuming and is often treated on an outpatient basis (Overton, Azad, Parker, Demarco Shaw, Fruin, Spitz et al., 2013). A screening tool, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), and the Alzheimer's disease AD have been used in neurodegenerative disorders. Overton et al evaluated the sensitivity of these two brief screening tools. The instruments were administered to diagnose the impairment in a sample (N=200) involving HIV infected persons. The sensitivity and specificity of AD-8 were 61 % and 51 %, respectively. Their findings highlight that brief cognitive screening instruments correlate with formal neuropsychological testing.

Other forms of cognitive assessment used in outpatient treatment are cognitive behavioral therapy. ...

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