Objective: To determine the validity of the Rey Fifteen Item Test (RFIT) as a freestanding performance validity test in an elderly population with varying cognitive diagnoses. Method: Participants were patients referred for outpatient neuropsychological assessment, primarily for memory complaints. Those with medicolegal issues were removed leaving 83 who were given the RFIT. Average age was 70; mean education was 14 years. Participants were diagnosed with no cognitive diagnosis (14.5%), Mild Cognitive Impairment (43.4%), Major Neurocognitive Disorder (30.1%), or another diagnosis (12%; mostly ADHD). The RFIT combination score was calculated (Boone et al., 2002). Results: There was a correlation of -.56 between age and combination score (p < .01). Over 57% of those > 50 years old failed the RFIT. Greater cognitive impairment led to higher failure rates (MND = 88%, MCI = 44%, no/other diagnosis = 23%). Even in those with no cognitive diagnosis, however, 22% of individuals over age...

Article PDF first page preview

Article PDF first page preview
Article PDF first page preview
You do not currently have access to this article.