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Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

Validation of the Test Your Memory (F-TYM Test) in a French memory clinic population.

Postel-Vinay N, Hanon O, Clerson P, Brown JM, Ménard J, Paillaud E, Alonso E, Pasquier F, Pariel S, Belliard S, Péré J-J, Belmin J Clin Neuropsychol. 2014;28(6):994-1007.

The Test Your Memory (TYM) test has been proposed for screening dementia. We present a French version and its validation in memory clinics. F-TYM was administered to 201 patients with memory complaints visiting five secondary referral hospital centers. Final diagnosis was dementia in 34%, amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in 32%, non-amnestic MCI in 11%, absence of cognitive disorder in 23% and F-TYM scores were respectively (M ± SD) 30.9 ± 7.6, 40.5 ± 6.3, 44.3 ± 4.5 and 43.5 ± 6.6 (p < .0001). F-TYM showed high correlation with MMSE (r = .78), excellent internal consistency, no effect of educational level, sex, or mood but a significant effect of age (p = .004). A F-TYM score ≤ 39 had 0.90 sensitivity and 0.70 specificity for diagnosis of dementia. F-TYM was unable to discriminate MCI and patients without cognitive disorders. F-TYM could be proposed for screening of dementia in patients with memory complaints.

MeSH terms: Adult; Aged, 80 and over; Cognition Disorders; Cognitive Dysfunction; Dementia; Diagnosis, Differential; Female; France; Humans; Male; Memory Disorders; Memory, Short-Term; Middle Aged; Neuropsychological Tests; Prospective Studies; Reproducibility of Results; Sensitivity and Specificity; Translating
DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2014.934716

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