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Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 2213-3852
ISSN (Online): 2213-3860

The Efficacy of a Novel Computerized Touch Panel-Type Screening Test to Evaluate the Cognitive Function of Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Author(s): Kentaro Deguchi, Tomoko Kurata, Shoko Deguchi, Syoichiro Kono, Nobutoshi Morimoto, Yoshio Ikeda and Koji Abe

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2013

Page: [60 - 64] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/2213385211301010010


Parkinson’s disease (PD) causes cognitive impairment, an important non-motor feature. To examine a novel computerized touch panel-type screening test, we investigated the cognitive functions of age- and gender-matched normal control subjects and 117 PD patients. Cognitive function, which was assessed by a mini-mental state examination (MMSE) and a frontal assessment battery (FAB), showed that the scores of MMSE and FAB of PD Yahr 4 group were lower than those of Yahr 1-3 groups. Touch panel screening tests were easily understood and performed by almost all patients with mild cognitive and motor dysfunction because of the clear-cut imaging and simple methods without detailed manual-handling tasks such as writing. Touch panel screening tests are potentially a novel tool for screening cognitive functions.

Keywords: Cognitive functions, parkinson’s disease, touch panel screening test.

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