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The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive
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Peter W. Halligan and Derick T. Wade

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198526544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526544.001.0001

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Assessment of executive dysfunction

Assessment of executive dysfunction

(p.233) 19 Assessment of executive dysfunction
The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits

John R. Crawford

Julie D. Henry

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the measurement properties of putative tests of executive dysfunction and on validity information. It reviews the tests ranging from long-standing clinical tests such as verbal fluency and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test to more recent tests that are more explicitly derived from theory, such as the Cognitive Estimation Task, the Brixton and Hayling Tests, dual task methods, and the Behavioural Assessment of the Dysexecutive Syndrome (BADS). It discusses the issue of the ecological validity of tests and the need to consider a patient's premorbid ability when assessing executive functioning. It also briefly reviews the rating scales and questionnaire methods of assessing executive problems and disability.

Keywords:   executive deficits, anterior lesion, verbal fluency, Cognitive Estimation Task, Wisconsin Card

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