New two-test screening tool for cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis saves time in busy clinics

Takeaway

  • Combining the ‘symbol digit modalities’ and ‘revised brief visuospatial memory’ tests to detect cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis provides a sensitive time-economic screening tool.

Why this matters

  • Although the total ‘international cognitive assessment for multiple sclerosis’ battery is the gold standard for screening cognitive performance, it takes around 20 min to implement. The combined two-test screening tool is a realistic alternative requiring only 10 min of administration time.

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