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A new clinical tool for assessing numerical abilities in neurological diseases: numerical activities of daily living

Semenza, C; Meneghello, F; Arcara, G; Burgio, F; Gnoato, F; Facchini, S; Benavides-Varela, S; ... Butterworth, B; + view all (2014) A new clinical tool for assessing numerical abilities in neurological diseases: numerical activities of daily living. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience , 6 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00112. Green open access

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to build an instrument, the numerical activities of daily living (NADL), designed to identify the specific impairments in numerical functions that may cause problems in everyday life. These impairments go beyond what can be inferred from the available scales evaluating activities of daily living in general, and are not adequately captured by measures of the general deterioration of cognitive functions as assessed by standard clinical instruments like the MMSE and MoCA. We assessed a control group (n = 148) and a patient group affected by a wide variety of neurological conditions (n = 175), with NADL along with IADL, MMSE, and MoCA. The NADL battery was found to have satisfactory construct validity and reliability, across a wide age range. This enabled us to calculate appropriate criteria for impairment that took into account age and education. It was found that neurological patients tended to overestimate their abilities as compared to the judgment made by their caregivers, assessed with objective tests of numerical abilities.

Type: Article
Title: A new clinical tool for assessing numerical abilities in neurological diseases: numerical activities of daily living
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00112
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2014.00112
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Semenza, Meneghello, Arcara, Burgio, Gnoato, Facchini, Benavides-Varela, Clementi and Butterworth. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469054
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