Equivalence of the computerized and orally administered Word Memory Test effort measures.

9/20/02

Lyle Allen & Paul Green

This study was designed to compare the oral and computerized versions of a widely used test containing measures of subject effort, the Word Memory Test (WMT). Both forms of the test were applied to a consecutive series of clinical cases. In half of the cases, the oral form of the WMT was given first and, in the remainder, the computerized test was given first. The results show that the effort subtests in the two forms of the test are closely equivalent. It is recommended that the same cut-offs for inadequate effort should be used for both the oral and computerized forms of the WMT.

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