Practical Issues

In order to serve the patient best, neuropsychological assessments need to be a cooperative effort between the neuropsychologist and the referring neurologist. The neurologist needs to be as specific as possible when formulating the referral questions. Any pertinent patient information, such as current and past medical status, current medications, brief description on the history of the present illness, and a brief review of physical and neurologic examination results should also be provided. This information helps guide the neuropsychologist in the selection of testing materials and approach to the patient. If testing is to be conducted in the hospital, the patient's schedule needs to include blocks of time when no other clinical tests are scheduled (e.g., radiology, discharge planning) so that the patient may be tested without interruptions and when maximally alert and attentive. The neuropsychologist needs to communicate with the neurologist before testing to discuss the assessment plan, including which cognitive abilities will be tested, the approximate length of testing, and when the neurologist can expect the written report. After the assessment is completed, but before submitting the written report, the neuropsychologist generally contacts the neurologist to provide preliminary feedback. The written report, delivered shortly thereafter, should be brief but complete, including a listing of the tests administered, some form of score report, usually a percentile or standard score for each test, a summary of the findings, and an interpretation of these findings. The brevity of the report depends on the nature of the referral and the questions the neurologist has posed.


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