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.