A normative study of the Czech Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS): A brief report

Raffaele Fazio, Nina Soósová, Thomas Bak, Evžen Růžička, Ondrej Bezdicek*

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Abstract

Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS) is a brief, standardized assessment of cognitiveimpairment inamyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Objective: We aimed to createa normative dataset for the ECAS Czech version (ECAS-CZ) in order to make the assessment applicable for clinical settings. Method: Included were 102 healthy participants (mean age: 54.92 ± 14.55; education: 14.52 ± 2.44; 54:48 females/males) that fulfilled rigorous exclusion criteria and controlled for depressive symptoms. Results: The internal consistency of ECAS-CZ was acceptable (Cronbach’s α = .69). We found medium correlations (rho ≈ .5) of age and education with ECAS-CZ Total score but not with gender. Cut-offs with −2 SD’s threshold are presented for the differentiation of cognitive impairment. We report percentile values for ECAS-CZ Total including all subscales. Conclusion: We provide normative values for ECAS-CZ that are well suited for the detection of cognitive impairment in clinical settings especially for patients with ALS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S65-S72
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
Volume35
Issue numberSup 1
Early online date18 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • behaviour
  • cognition
  • ECAS
  • normative data
  • screen

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