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BICAMS Can Predict Performance of MS Patients in Everyday Activities

October 5, 2015

Kessler Foundation researchers recently reported that the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for MS (BICAMS) can predict a patient’s performance of normal, everyday activities.

This is a short and cost-effective clinical assessment that comprises of three different tests: Symbol Digit Modalities, Brief Visuospatial Memory and California Verbal Learning. The study examined whether BICAMS could actually predict the daily performance of the patients in ”actual reality”.

41 MS patients and 32 healthy controls performed the BICAMS and an AR task. All study participants were asked to access the internet to complete the purchase an airplane ticket or cookies, and were submitted to the BICAMS evaluation and questionnaires to assess quality of life (QOL), affect symptomatology and prior internet experience.

The results revealed that, “Performance on the BICAMS was worse among participants with MS,” noted Dr. Goverover in a news release, “and poor performance on BICAMS correlated with poor performance of AR tasks, which require more complex cognitive skills. This indicates that BICAMS may be useful for predicting performance on everyday activities, as well as for assessing cognitive abilities. This finding has implications for clinicians who care for individuals with MS in a broad range of settings, especially those with limited access to neuropsychological consultation.”