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The repeatable battery for the assessment of neuropsychological status (BRANS) – A useful tool in neuropsychiatry?
The RBANS (Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status, 1) was designed as a cognitive screening instrument, providing scale scores for five cognitive domains (immediate and delayed memory, visuospatial ability, language, attention). It has been recommended to assess neurocognitive deficits of neuropsychiatric patients (2). The present study investigated age sensitivity as well as correlations with WAIS subtests in 291 psychiatric patients. Performance in all RBANS subtests declined with age, correlations were between -.09 (picture naming) and -.49 (coding). Correlations with WAIS-Subtests ranged from very high (Coding with DSST: .84) to weak (Figure Copy, Naming and List Recognition). Total scores of both instruments correlated .72. In conclusion the RBANS subtests showed high concordance with specific WAIS-subtests. As normative data for the German RBANS are still missing we calculated estimated normative scales on the basis of the established German WAIS-norms.
1. Randolf, C. RBANS Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status. San Antonio: The Psychological Corporation; (1998)
2. Dickerson, F. B., Boronow, J.J., Stallings, C. et al. Association of serum antibodies to herpes simplex virus 1 with cognitive deficits in individuals with schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry 60 (2003) 466–472.