Hayley M Rodriguez, Shannon M Cantalupo, Julie S Costopoulos* and Vida L Tyc
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA
*Corresponding Author: Julie S Costopoulos, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Received: June 15, 2021; Published: August 12, 2021
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic there is an increased need for assessments to be administered through telehealth services. The MoCA, a screener for cognitive and memory impairment, has not been fully evaluated for the effectiveness of tele-administration. This study identifies the MoCA as an effective measure for screening cognitive and memory impairment when administered electronically. College students were administered the MoCA via tele-administration and the Total Scores were evaluated (N = 90). The tele-administration sample scores were significantly higher than those of in-person non-concussed national/college athletes. The group of tele-administered participants in their 20’s in our study scored significantly higher than two in-person administered samples. However, the mean Total Score on the MoCA for this study’s population and the comparison groups was above the recommended cut-off score (> 26) which is indicative of normal functioning (with 82% of the tele-administered sample scoring above the cutoff). Our results indicate that the tele-administered MoCA performed comparably to in-person administration samples. All groups in our study scored on average above the recommended cut-off score of 26, utilized to detect cognitive impairment.
Keywords: Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA); Telehealth; Neurological Screening; Healthy Sample; College
Citation: Julie S Costopoulos., et al. “Brief Report: The Tele-health Administration of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)". Acta Scientific Neurology 4.9 (2021): 18-23.
Copyright: © 2021 Julie S Costopoulos., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.